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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, July 12, 2010

Radio Car Travelogue 12 - 16 July 2010


Monday 12th July and the poor old radio car needs an MOT and repair so it's out in a station car to look at a fire that Started 5pm yesterday. Nigel Bradley (left) is the licensee of the Marsham Arms at Hevingham. Locals helped to douse the flames which began in a store at the side of the building but the flames took hold of the roof of the pub and the fire brigade extinguished the burning timbers before too much damage was done. The function rooms, restaurant and kitchen were saved and will open again soon and Nigel says it'll be back to normal business within weeks once the insurance assessors have been in.

Tuesday and the radio car should be back later today so I'm with the portable kit at Magdalen Gates Primary School with Headteacher Cara Jermy and Green County Councillor Richard Bearman. The blanket 20mph speed limit proposed for the city has been scrapped as bad value for money. Richard Bearman thinks the half million pound savings is a false economy and it could have been rolled out in the areas most at risk of speeding motorists. Cara says it's a problem for the school which has very limited parking in the area and a lollipop lady who's suffered abuse from motorists. Next. to the Library in the Forum. Norfolk County Council launched its digital library service last May and inj 7 weeks just over 400 people have downloaded a thousand books. Not a big take-up but this will increase as people become ware of the service which let's you download the book but you can't copy any of it. There are no overdue fees and it gets deleted automatically after a given period. All very clever and already popular in other parts of the country.

Wednesday morning from left to right. The new Tesco Express on Unthank Road Norwich is set to open, Students have gathered to be the first in but there's a hitch. Previously billed as opening at 6am, they noticed that the times had been changed to 7am so they returned and waited. Just after 7am they were told that the store wouldn't be opening until 9am. At 0730 the first of the local protesters arrived with placard. The campaign to stop the store has been dragging on for five years but the planning inspector overturned the city councils decision and construction went ahead. By 0800, Darth Vader and about thirty other locals arrived. A temporary stall was erected on the pavement, fruit ad vegetables laid out and an oratory began telling the crowd of the advantages of supporting local businesses. Darth, alis Chris Hull who'd organised the protest told us of their objections. By 0830 the store had actually opened its doors and all I saw was two schoolgirls drift in. The protesters have started to put images of what they'd rather have there on the blank brick wall to the side of the shop. How long they'll stay there remains to be seen.

Thursday and a windy start down by the River Wensum where Doctor Kevin Hisscock from the UEA explained how the £2m project to improve the river is being funded. Joining us was fly fishing author Terry Lawton and together they described just how the river could be made better for everyone. Just around the corner in the west doorway of Norwich Cathedral I met up with Matt Milburn who played Joe Spencer in Hollyoaks (right) together with Laura Murray and (left) GB Theatre Company manager David Davies. "As You Like It" and "The Merry Wives of Windsor" are part of the Norwich Shakespeare Festival between now and Sunday in the Cathedral Cloisters. You can get tickets by phoning the Cathedral.

Friday and in Sprowston Neville Nobbs picks up the phone but still no tone! His supplier Pipex failed to connect him almost three weeks ago now after years of service. His daughter Elizabeth has tried to get through without any luck and when we tried on his behalf we couldn't either. Have you got similar problems? Let me know. And then to Thorpe St.Andrew where Muriel Ames is the oldest member of the Norfolk Tortoise club pictured here with Eleanore Chubb who runs it. Tomorrow they're doing a count and information day at St.Francis Church Hall, Ryder Haggard Road, Heartsease from 1-5. Check out their website at http://www.tortoiseclub.org/. By the way, that's Alice the giant tortoise at their feet.

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