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Monday, August 1, 2011

Radio Car TRavelogue 1 - 5 August 2011








Chaos this morning as traffic was turned off the A10 at West Winch and directed down the narrow Ractory Lane to rejoin the A47. A van went through a fence and struck a pole bringing down the power cable across the road. That's what took the time and the road was reopened by 0830 much to the relief of the queue who saw the policewoman take away the cones.


Glenn Road in Poringland has a power sub station where the wall seems to have been pulled apart brick by brick. Pic1. Strangley (although we can claim no credit) just as I finished broadcasting from there a lorry turned up and two workmen informed me that they were going to demolish it and rebuild it. Job done! Then to Cresta Lodge, a residential home which will be visited by some of the 6000 young Christians at the Costessey showground this week. They'll also be providing FREE car washes at the village hall 2.30 to 4pm all week AND a free Fete on Saturday. A real demonstration of caring for the community.


High up on Hillside Avenue at Thorpe St.Andrew are the ollotments overlooked by the hill on which stood the earliest church for this community. Andy Jarvis showed me the bee Hives set up through Broadland District Council. They've invited other parishes to see what they've done in the hope that they'll follow suit. Just down the road at Acle there's another community spirit. On August Bank Holiday Sunday there's a murder mystery for you to solve. Locals taking part in period costume of the early 20th century will be at their place of work to help you solve the clues as you look around the village. Pictured are organiser Laura Blackwell (left) and florist Rachel Barnard ( the flowerseller on the day). It was Laura's brother in Sardinia who came up with the idea. Auditions are tonight in the parish hall for those wanting to take an active part on the day.


Fewer young motorists are learning these days because of the cost involved. I met up with driving instructor Steve Thompson at Bowthorpe. Stats - average about 40-50 lessons cast around £1000, theory test £31, practical £62, licence £50 and then the insurance. He showed me the comparison figures for a 35 year old married man and an 18 year old single guy. The older driver will be paying about £750 to insure a car valued at about £1000. For the same car a single man might pay anything up to £5,500 A YEAR! Unbelievable.


The Britsih Touring Car Championship is at Snetterton race circuit this weekend so we took a sneaky look at the preparations. Left, Kevin Ritson showed me round and we spoke to Alice Powell who's racing the Formula Renault and Martin Byfor (right) who's in the Championship race.

So much activity on the last day of preparations. Here a Ginetta comes out into the morning sunshine. Centre, some of the drivers walking the track to get a feel for the new layout. Right, the track owner flies in over the top of the radio car!

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