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After many years in the Royal Air Force and a posting to RAF Coltishall Wally also created the Solarscope mobile disco's with gigs as far as Manchester. He was resident DJ at Scamps Nightclub in Norwich during the 70's and had a show on Hospital Radio Norwich.
Wally joined BBC Radio Norfolk when it began broadcasting on September 11th 1980 and has been there ever since.
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Monday, May 24, 2010

Radio Car Travelogue 24 - 28 May 2010

NNOVA - the North Norfolk Organisation for Visual Artsists has arranged a series of weekends for the public to meet the artist. To this end "Open Studio 2010" includes Leslie Hawkes Nockels who paints in an old guards wagon at the side of her bungalow. For more information call Tracey at NOVA on 01692 535352.
Tuesday and I'm around the City. First, another Business Breakfast but with the clouds of economic recession and the threat of cuts we're talking about the impact to this region. Pictured outside St.Andrews House run by Norwich City College are left to right: Will Pope, Chairman of EEDa, Caroline Williams from the Chamber of Commerce, Ann Steward from Norfolk County Council and Ian Hacon, a board member of the Chamber and executive of the Blue Sky Leisure group.
Next stop, not far away at St.James Mill, the former Jarrold printing site is under development alongside the Jarrold Museum. This busy pedestrian thoroughfare is home to a new art enterprise called FONT. That's because of the printing connection and the first exhibit is officially unveiled today at 1pm. On the left, Caroline Jarrold who's behind the scheme and Jessica Miles, one of the three students who came up with the creation made by using the letters Y-E-S although she admits that the word 'yes' is not key to their design! As the site develops so more works may be added.
Although a journey to Greece is out of the question for the Radio Car - we'd be out of range! I've included two pics from Peter who thought we'd like a glimpse of how they're coping with the crsis over there!
Wednesday and a trip down memory lane. The Break charity shop in Aylsham is celebrating 20 years in the town and I was invited to open the business back in 1990. Since then this one shop alone has raised £1 million. An icredible achievement. Pictured here is the present manager, Liz Jones. Watch this space because I'm hoping to get a picture of that day two decades ago. She says I haven't changed at all! Does she need glasses?
Thursday I'm down Muck Lane in Rackheath (part of the old airfield where I met Stewart Lindsay (left) and Chair of SNUB (Stop Norwich Urbanisation) Stephen Heard. Now that the political scene has changed so could the plans to build an Eco-town here! Leaving politics behind , these two women, Councillor Shirley Peters (left) and Claudette Banock are members of the Pink Party. It came about when a young girl came with her mother to the Polling Station at Hinks Meadow Community Hall in Taverham. She wanted a rosette like the canididates and as she was wearing pink someone suggested the idea from which the Pink Party was born. Non-polital, the nine women who've already joined are now hoping to raise money for small local charities. They'd like to find the little girl too so that she can get her rosette!
A cold but bright Friday morning finds me at Strumpshaw where the previous day we'd heard stories about bombs being dropped during WWII. Local historian Stephen Peart got in touch and took me to the spot just opposite the entrance to the recycling centre. Fortunately, the spot where they fell hadn't been planted up as you can see. Did they know we were coming?

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