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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.
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Monday, May 31, 2010

Radio Car Travelogue 31 May - 4 June.


Bank Holiday Monday and I'm at Sprowston Community High School where the start of Families Week features loads of activities from 12 - 4pm but as it's gently drizzling the whole show's moving indoors. Malcolm Johnston is the community co-ordinator and his balloon blowers are Ellie Johnston and Solange Souris.

Through the early morning mist the radio car is at the entrance to Cromer Pier where I'm met by Head Of Coastal Strategy, Peter Frew and we talk about the £1m needed to maintain the pier. An essential tourist attraction for the town which started out as a timber jetty back in the 14th century. Now, the constant weathering by the sea means that parts need to be repaired or replaced but he's sure that there's no question about closing it.

Transport's the theme for Wednesday! This is Gareth Lewis who operates a hire bike called a Pedi-van. As you can see, this German construction can be cycled like a bike or driven by electric (if you hold a car licence). Students like to rent it when moving digs and it can be hired by the hour or day. Comfortable ride too!
At St.Augustine's the work continues to form a new gyratory system and Bakers Road has now been closed off to through traffic.(A permanent move). Next phase will cause disruption when Magpie Road closes for a while after which the new system is expected to make life less congested coming in and going out of the City via Aylsham Road.

Thursdays trip is to Hingham to meet Pat Gordon from the Hingham & District Dog Club. She's pictured here with her German Shepherd "Milly". Tonight they're throwing a party for Pat who's been training local dogs for over fifty years now. She's lost count of how many exactly but admits that sometimes it's the owners that need the training!
Friday and to the woods. Mark Webster (left) is from the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers. His enthusism for the scheme rubs off on those who volunteer to maintain our ancient woodlands like Lionwood near the City. With him this morning is Ernie Woodrow who's made new friends through the BTCV. Volunteers do as much as they want when they want, Mark is just there to point them in the right direction. You can hear them by logging on to BBC Radio Norfolk on Facebook.

3 comments:

cecneale said...

Hi Wally,

New link road pic, on Thursday. Wot a mess! That looks like the old swimming baths in the left centre, but I can't even work out the direction in which I'm looking. The two church towers must be Mancroft and the RC cathedral, I think.
Please put me out of my misery.
Cec in Sutton.

Wally Webb said...

Cec, that's not the old swimming baths. The first pic shows you the link road built to join Edward Street (behind you) to St.Augustines in front. You're right about the RC Cathedral and St.Peter Mancroft in the distance. In the second pic the old swimming baths would have been to the right of the picture. On the left is Magpie Road first then St.Augustines. Hope you're out of your misery now!

cecneale said...

Thanks Wally.

I hadn't even realised that there is a link road from Edward Street to anywhere. Mind you, it is 35 years since I worked round there, at Sovereign House.
Cec in Sutton.