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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, February 28, 2011

Radio Car Travelogue 28 Feb - 4 March 2011

The winter has taken its toll on our road surfaces across the country not just the county. Bethel Street in the City sport a very nice one as does the road to Horsford. Many edges are damaged and on Coltishall Road I found a crew hard at work patching up the broken edges. They get a weekly work schedule to complete so many yards of road and prioritise through the number of calls they get about a particular spot. So - want some action - get calling in.
Tuesday at Woodrising where co-founder of the PACT Animal Sanctuary, George Rockingham reveals that these are hard times for everyone. Owners abandon pets they can't afford to feed. Also the reason why new owners aren't so abundant. The cost of keeping and feeding the unwanted creatures is rising and people aren't quite so generous with their donations. All this adds up to some pets having to be put to sleep!
Wednesday. Private Lewis Hendry of 3rd Battallion Parachute Regiment died on February 9th whilst on patrol in Helamnd Province just 3 days before his 21st birthday. Today his funeral takes place at St.Nicholas Church Dereham at 1.30pm after the courtege passes through the streets of the town. Taking the service, the Reverend Canon Sally Theakston (pic) supporting the Archdeacon of Lynn.
Thursday and World Book Day. I've got nine titles to give away so I'm on the streets offering them to passers by like Mark and Andrew. Then off to Drayton Pharmacy where Fiona Brown (left) and Rebecca Day show me all the prescription drugs returned by customers. It costs the NHS nearly £5 million a year so now a campaign has been launched to try to reduce that cost. Have you looked in your medicine cabinet lately?
Friday at Great Ryburgh near Fakenham where plans have been approved for an expansion of the Crisp Maltings. Mathew Champion and members of the Great Ryburgh Residents Action Group say they weren't shown all the paperwork involved in the decision making and have put in an official complaint to the Local Government Ombudsman. On a lighter note, Ian Shannon behind the bar of the Wildman PH on Bedford Street in the city will be one of 14 men who'll be auctioned off there tomorrow from 3pm. Successful bidders will get the man of their choice for 12 hours and the money raised will be split between Macmillan Nurses and the Jenny Lind Childrens Centre. Fancy one?

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