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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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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Radio Car Travelogue 29th July - 6th August 2010

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Thursday 29th July and the subject is the redevelopment of Cromer Hospital. At North Walsham I talked to dialysis patient Paul Welsh who would rather have the unit there remain in the custom built centre rather than see it moved to the former Barclay unit. There was much discussion about what should happen on the breakfast show.

Friday 30th and I've spent the morning at Holt. Lee's Yard is where the Picturecraft Gallery is run by Adrian Hill and his father Michael. Today, when they open the doors there'll be 33 new works painted by local boy Kieron Williamson. His work sells for between £2000 - £8000 each and it's expected to be a sell out before the end of the day. Pic 1 - buyers from New Jersey, Arizona, Philadelphia and Virginia camp outside the gallery. Pic 2 Adam Szewczyk from Arizona is filmed by a Channel 4 crew who're making a documentary about Kieron. Pic 3 Kieron and his dad arrive just before 9am. Pic 4 Doors open and the crowd rushes in. Soon red SOLD cards on on most of the paintings. Pic 5 Kieron, his dad Keith and mum and sister sit quietly in the corner watching his works sell quicker than hot cakes. Quite a phenonemon!
STOP PRESS - my video footage featured on Look East and became BBC Englands big hit on the website. (SEE SEPARATE ARTICLE AND LINK ABOVE)

Monday 2nd August and it's that NORJAM time again. Just under 5000 scouts and guides from around the world having a summer jamboree at the Norfolk Showground. Pic 1. Cathy Edwards and the New Brunswick camp from Canada. Pic 2 Masr Baladna Scout Group from Giza, Egypt. Abdul Rahmen and Hassan on the right. Pic 3 same group this time with the girls Nour, Maggie, Farida and Sandy who didn't say a lot! Pic 4 From nearer home, Sally Hunn and the 1st Gorleston Scouts and Explorers.

Wednesday 4th August and we're talking about young people on mopeds causing a nuisance in some parts of the county. This is Paul Clarke who's run Moonraker scooters on Oak Street Norwich since 1985. Amazingly, one fact that came from our conversation is that more businesspeople are turning to twist and go bikes since the company car perk dried up and parking became so expensive! Then to Sheringham and the Carnival team led by chairman Helenor Beresford (left of pic). Tonight they're reintroducing the pram racing at the car park. Fancy it? Open entry from 6 tonight. That's in place of the Carnival procesion which will now take place this coming Saturday from 5pm. I'm trying to muster some of the East Norfolk Militia so we can lead the procession again.
THURSDAY 5th and although there's no photo's you may have heard me climb aboard a private jet. Saxonair operating from Norwich is doing good business even in these harder times so their expansion into a new custom built hangar and business centre nearby costing £6million is good news for the local economy. I spoke to the Commercial Manager James Palmer but unfortunately the pics didn't come out!

Friday 6th August it's on the Broads at Horning where Freedom Boating Holidays are now based. Their success has been built on buying older hire boats and refurbishing them. This way they keep the hiring cost down for the customer and it's proving popular. Andy Banner now has 14 boats, four day boats and runs the Horning Ferry from the premises on Ferry View Road. We were joined by Ian Russell (right in pic) from the Broads Tourism Forum. Today they'll be promoting the area to the CE of Visit England in the hope that investment money will come our way to help tourism on the Broads.

AND FINALLY to return to a story from a couple of weeks ago. I was sent on a misiion to find the dwelling on Cromer Cliffs that one of our listeners had spotted. There I met Paul in his cement shed who'd lived there for the past two years and survived on his jobseekers allowance. The word was out and the council have now offered Paul a flat in the town which he's accepted. I think the 'shed' should saty as a monument to his ingenuity!

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