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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, September 20, 2010

Radio Car Travelogue Thursday 16 - Friday 24 September

Thursday I recorded an interview with Mike Thompson. Here's his shed that we featured a year ago. It's made from soil hence his website of http://www.rammed-earth.org/. Now he wants to set the land speed record for an ALL wooden bike! Yes, wooden bikes have been made before but also used metal parts. Mikes will be 100% wood which has set him some problems. You were all too willing to help out on the phones when we ran the piece on Friday Morning. See more at http://www.splinterbike.co.uk/.
Friday, Josephine Laybourne of Dereham thanked us after her BT line was restored after weeks of trying. In desperation she turned to us and within hours it was sorted. Now she's back on line! Then I went down the road to Dereham St.Nichols Junior School and with the help of Deputy Head Simon Dack, we distributed over 400 of our reflective slap bands. As you can see they were in big demand.
Monday with buses boats and bridges! At Norwich Bus Station Tracey Jessop, Assistant Director of Travel and Transport Services at NCC explained how the organisation Greener Journeys was giving away one MILLION FREE bus journeys in a campaign to get people to try the bus rather than use their car. Will it work? You didn't seem to think so. Just three areas in the UK have been chosen, Norwich along with Exter and Milton Keynes.
Meanwhile, the saga continues with the railway swing bridge at Somerleyton on the River Yare between Norfolk and Suffolk. Pictured at Bramerton Woods End is Mark Wells, Chairman of the Norfolk & Suffolk Boating Association. He says it's unacceptable that Network Rail don't effect a speedy repair on the failing bearings. It also happens with Reedham and Trowse swing bridges and it restricts his members movements and affects the holiday trade. They're pressing the Broads Authority to do something but there's little legal action open to them so the bridge at Somerleyton will now only open twice daily for ten minutes and two one hour openings at weekends until the new bearings are fitted.
Tuesday and Norwich Funeral Director, Paul Allcock talks about the case of a grave being dug up whilst making space for the husband of the woman buried there. Investigations continue into this particular incident at Horning. Meanwhile I'm hurriedly despatched to Marshland St.James near Wisbech where 15,000 two-wekk-old chicks perished in a fire that swept through a large shed. The fire broke out in the early hours and watch manager, Mike Neve (right) said they were hampered by the asbestos in the roof lining. You can see my footage on Look East tonight.
The early morning Wednesday mist clears on the Fakenham Road at Lenwade to reveal the resurfacing work that started on Monday. There's no easy detour around this area but still motorists will try to get access and then attempt to leave at the other end. As you can see though there's a lot of heavy equipment involved and the workmen are wise to the ruse. Locals complained to us yesterday that stranded motorists were using their drives to reverse into. ALL the local businesses are OPEN though so they should let you in to get to them. Work is due completion in a weeks time.
Thursday and look at all the towels that have been dropped off to help the poorly seals. Just a sample and please keep them coming in. They'll be collected next week much to the Managers relief as they're right next to his desk! Outside the Forum I met Nigel De'Ath & Jem Walters, two of the four drivers taking this old Mondeo to Italy for the Sick Childrens Charity. Local businesses have generously helped them with grphics and bits (like new tyres). The vehicle itself cost less than £100 and the 2 litre engine has already done 120,000. Good luck to them. If you'd like to sponsor their adventure go to www.virginmoneygiving.com/scallyrally777
Friday and it's the BIGGEST coffee morning in the world. MacMillan Cancer Support have many devoted fundraisers but one is outstanding. Vera Cruickshank (in the red top!) at Wacton village hall has a stepson who, since last years coffee morning, has been diagnosed with PNET, an extremely rare form of cancer usually found in children. Angus is 38. This has given more energy to Vera's efforst especially as one of their helpers last year has since died of cancer. It affects us all both directly and indirectly and I hope she did well. The villagers were already there for breakfast when I arrived.

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