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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 19, 2010

Radio Car Travelogue 19 - 23 July

Monday 19th and I returned to Bure Valley House which is adjacent to the car park and site of the proposed plans to build 8 flats for homeless young people in Aylsham. Built 18 years ago, residents of the Bure Valley House complex say they don't want it. Pictured centre in turquoise, organiser of a petition Margaret Mildwater said they'd feel unsafe and their peace and quiet would be spoilt. The Borough Council says it expects to get the full plans by Victory Housing in around 4-6 weeks time when the public will be allowed to see them.
Tuesday 20th is Community Speedwatch day and I'm with the team at Bawburgh. In the hour between 8-9 we clock 8 vehicles faster than the 30mph on Stocks Hill. Pictured left, Norfolk Police Speedwatch Co-ordinator Peter Chapman. He says there's no shortage of volunteers for the scheme with 60 already operating. They'll all be out somewhere today. The Bawburgh team with Peter (left to right) Jonathan Hook, David Goodman and hiding behind the camera Brian Luff.
Wednesday morning my brief is to find a man in Cromer. Following an e-mail from a listener I'm sent to the seafront to search for some steps that lead to what's described as a concrete shelter. C;ICK ON ANY PIC TO SEE ENLARGED COPY THEN USE BACKSPACE BUTTON TO RETURN. Pic 1 Cromer pier on a sunny morning. Pic 2 the view looking towards Great Yarmouth. Pic 3 I find the steps from the seashore. Paul is standing at the top where he's built his 'home'. Pic 4 The shelter built from the debris of the beach huts after a storm two years ago. Pic 5 a close-up of the timber shelter which Paul has coated with cement to form what you might call a bunker! He's lived here for the past two years and I was surprised when the locals that they knew all about his self built habitat.
Thursday 22nd and first stop the Eco Tech Centre at Swaffham where they're about to turn on their massive solar panel. 44 panels and a tracker device means it will follow the sun through its orbit to provide maximum energy for the Centres needs. Centre pic - four forms of energy. Wind power, solar power, manpower and - wait for it - horse power!
Next to Swanton Morley for another unique unveiling. Mark Booth runs Modular Pipe Organ Systems Ltd just across the road from All Saints church. Their organ needs restoring so whilst it's being done Mark and his team have installed this new breed of digital organ. The sound is fantastic and he already has orders from around the world! Pictured left to right are organist Reuben Ansty, Judy Stone the treasurer of the PCC, Mark Booth and David Wilson described as the voicer for the pipes. In other words he makes sure that the reproduced sound is pure.
Friday 23rd and at Norwich Airport Park & Ride I see why the Lotus Cars Cycle Race League have chosen this site for you to try cycle racing every Sunday during August. Pictured are Ken Joliffe who helped set up the events and in his track suit, former racing cyclist Russell Parkins. Last visit of the week was to Framingham Pigot to Manor Farm Barns where the new Independant Living Training Centre will be officially opened today. Outside the doors, Chief Executive Mark Harrison and inside we were joined by Press Officer Carl Grint. An impressive facility aimed at any kind of disability and to help individuals lead a full and independant life.

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