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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, June 21, 2010

Radio Car Travelogue 21 - 25 June

The summer solstice and as you can see it was no joke down on the beach! Up the cliff at Happisburgh a beery scene as landlord Clive Stockton views the aftermath of a weekend of frothy fun. Their tenth beer festival of ales and ciders also marks four hundred years of the Hill House which started as a coaching inn. No doubt the weekends revellers didn't need much coaching or coaxing!
Tuesday journey begins with a visit to meet Colin Websdell who gave a first hand account of hate crime as part of a feature on Breakfast With Goreham. Just up the road at the UEA Sainsbury Centre for the arts Simon Kaner took me to meet a goddess! As you can see she's not very big. She was dug up in a pit at Grimes Graves and may be thousands of years old. On the other hand she might have been made back in 1939 when she was originally discovered. That's what the British Museum think so they've let her go and she's come back to her native Norfolk. The exhibition called "Unearthed" is crammed with such items and opens today. Admission is £4. Then on to Dereham Northgate High School where 10,000 empty plastic bottles have assembled for an attempt at the world record. They'll be strung together to form a kilometre or more. Pictured are Richard Wills, co-ordinator of Pride In Breckland and pupils Jordan and Amos together with a volunteer in the background just at the start of the attept.
England's afternoon match means that 58% of firms are letting staff watch the big game at work. That's according to a survey by Npower but one company in Norwich has gone one better. Staff at Lintotts Control Systems at Bowthorpe will have a marquee and BBQ. Preparing for the off are Purchasing Manager Dave McPhilley (left) storeman Martin Roper and in charge of the bbq, Technical Director John Randall. They got the flag free from a newspaper! Obviously a tight budget. Next I went to Thorpe St.Andrew. Bob Wade (left) is the Environmental Protection Officer at Broadland District Council with Joe Webb helping residents with their unwanted electrical goods. Broken items go straight into the truck but working goods are PAT tested by on-site electricians and then offered back to the public for free. It's called "Give And Take" and is something that we featured recently at Poringland (check the search engine on the right) This is becoming more commonplace and makes good sense especially with VAT due to rise next year!
Thursday morning and we're at the Norwich Arts Centre - formerly St.Swithins church. Centre Director Stuart Hobday greets me before showing me the auditorium in the church itself. He's a strong believer that Norwich has a good chance of becoming the City Of Culture and his enthusiasm is what may make all the difference when the bid is considered.
Friday morning we're talking about academy status for some of Norfolks schools including Costessey High School. This is Rachel De Souza who's the Principal designate of Ormiston Victory Academy - the new name for the school from September. She's very positive about the difference that came come about through this partnership with the Ormiston Trust, Norfolk County Council and the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital. The new uniform will be designed by a Saville Row tailor and in their first year students will be taught etiquette.
AND FINALLY
Regular early morning listener Milly Cambridge has always been afraid of dogs but on a recent visit to her Beccles home she overcame that fear when we unleashed the ferocious Fudge! As you can see, she showed no fear and didn't even need a change of underwear!!!

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