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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, November 18, 2010

Radio Car Travelogue 18 - 26th November 2010


It's MOvember - MO for moustache and the staff at Fakenham Higth have gone for it 100%. Intended to raise awareness of prostate cancer the idea began in Australia and went worldwide. By the end of the month they'll have an award ceremony for the best/worst/ - you get the picture. On the right looking left to right, Head of PE Mark House, Jenny Hart (his Mo Sister - they provide encouragement to their Mo partners), Andy Williams the Head Teacher with Mo Sister Janelle Sanders, Nigel Sanders, Kelly Shorten and David Savage. Of course my own Mo lasts all year round and doesn't droop at the corners!

Friday and it's Children In Need day. Well done to everyone for all the hard work and effort. Here I visited Southrepps Post Office Coffee Shop. Dirck and Lorraine Geary have refurbished the old post office, kept the counter but added a coffee and cake shop which opens today. Proceeds are going to Children In Need. Let's hope they do well.

Monday 22nd. It appears to be a tragic accident that started a fire in the home of two elderly women at Holme Hale yesterday. It took hold in the afternoon just after neighbours Tara & Craig Ottaway returned home. Minutes later they were alerted by the flames leaping out of the back of the old cottage and soon after the fire brigade arrived. Both women died in the blaze.

According to a survey by the rowntree Foundation, it costs on average 20% more to live in a rural area than urban. Kirsten Champion lives in Roughton where she runs the Village Store. Her customers tell of the extra cost of fuel and the need to run a car. Local transport is poor and although she accepts that there are certain drawbacks, she'd much rather live in this location than in a town or city. I suppose there's a price for everything! Then at Yaxham near Dereham I meet the pupils who're going to tell speeding motorists just how dangerous it can be. The local Police stop speeding motorists and the children have their say! Pictured are Kath Hartley from Brake who're backing the Kids Say Slow Down campaign with Racheal Higgins of the Friends Committee at Yaxham Primary School.

Still Tuesday and on the steps of City Hall, Town Crier David Bullock celebrates 25 years in the role with a proclamation to the good people of Norwich thanking them for his time (he's not finishing just yet!) and congratulating the royal couple on their forthcoming marriage. It's been a pleasure knowing David who we meet over the year with the East Norfolk Militia.

Student fees the topic for Wednesday and I get to see what students from the UEA have planned by way of a protest today. Left to right Guy Wilson, Adam Hofmeister (the corpse) and Liam McCafferty from the Students Union. Thay made their symbolic coffin from hardboard and a wood frame and Adam will be carried around the campus at midday to suggest that higher fees would be the death of unvsersity education.
Early Thursday morning at Strumpshaw RSPB Reserve with Tim Strudwick. We're talking about putting up nesting boxes for barn owls. Their usual habitat of old barns and buildings are less prolific now so the bird is under threat. There's nothing quite like the site of a hunting barn owl across the marshes especially on a summers evening.
A ZERO Carbon concert is planned at the St.Thomas Church Hall on Earlham Road Norwich tomorrow evening, Saturday. Here the Reverend Philip Young with organiser Chris Keene. As you can see the newly refurbished hall is massive but there'll be no heating and no use of electric instruments for the musicians. And you're being encouraged to get there as carbon neutral as possible.This is one of many worldwide planned for the weekend. If you're going wrap up warm.

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