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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 7, 2011

Radio Car Travelogue 7 - 11 February 2011.


Left. Students at Norwich Academy are in for a treat today when new girl band Wonderland put on a free gig for them. Louis Walsh and Kian Egan put the group together from thousands who auditioned. Their new single "Not A Love Song" is released this month. Here Jo Betts from the acedemy with students Lauren Downs, Rhiannon Dugdale and Rand Hassan. Next, at Jarrolds they're on a jobswap. Managing Director Peter Mitchell (left) with apprentice Emma Bear. They're swapping roles today and Thursday. It's Peters turn today to be shown the ropes by Emma whilst she takes over the MD's role on Thursday. It's National Apprenticeship week and supporting them are Ellie Sengupta and Craig Smith from Norfolk Training Services.

Pioneers of large classes borne out of necessity. Bure Valley School in Aylsham has year 3 and 4 pupils learning in a class of 70 pupils. The parents I spoke to are enthusiastic about the innovation that head teacher John Starling and teacher Helen Pope introduced when small classrooms had to be used. By sliding open the dividing partitions they made one huge classroom and all the teachers muck in together. It will be interesting to revisit them in a year or two to see how the new method has stood up.

Wednesday and at Spixworth I'm with Gill & Peter Cook and sister-in-law Sheila Cook. Their Quaker Farm holiday cottages are near to Norwich airport where KLM's maintenance team carry out engine tests for which they had planning permission granted last year. They're challenging that decision with a judicial review as the noise is causing a disturbance to their guests. We'll be following the case. Then, it's off to school for a second day. This time to Brundall Primary where the pupils are taking part in the record-beating attempt at singing & signing at the same time. They've been practicing their sign language and we heard them in good voice with "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing" - in perfect harmony too!

Pictured with Mum & Dad Fiona & Mike Ward is six year old Eleanor (Ellie) who decided that she wanted to give her savings including todays birthday money, to the NICU at the Norfolk & Norwich Hopsital where she spent the first weeks of her life. She looks at the photo's on a digital display and knows that she was nursed to health there six years back. Mum & Dad are rightly proud of her. We presented her with a Radio Norfolk Goody Bag to make up the loss of the cash! Raising money and awareness of bone marrow transplants, these two guys on the right are having a 24 hour ping pong tournament at St. George's Church, Colegate Norwich over Sunday/Monday. Left is player James Metsoja and right, Andrew McFadyen who had a life saving transplant last year.
Friday and Cromer on a misty morning. A deserted car park on market day! (2) Eventually Stephen Browne (right) arrives from Taverham with his coffee & eggs van shortly followed by Ian Jagger (left) and his flowers. Ian believes that he needs to keep coming to at least keep some presence of a market in the town. Centre is Mayor Yvonne Nolan who doesn't want to see the market disappear and beleives that something must be done to attract not just stallholders but customers too! Is it a sign of the times. Listen again on BBCi player Breakfast Show and Nick Conrads phone-in.

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