Thanks for the responses from everyone. I am now back on the road again. Many many thanks to Alfaviper for his help supplying the part at a decent price. It was posted yesterday and arrived this morning and I picked the car up at 4.15 today. Had fresh oil & filter, coolant, battery and handbrake cable done at the same time. Had new brake pads, disks and tyres before Christmas so the car is pretty good all round at the moment. Took it for a blast down the coast road near us, wonderful. Gave my wife her mobile shed back (Citroen Berlingo).
Cant believe how much I missed my Alfa for the last week.
If I can find a cure for the fuse box cover falling off and setting the alarm off at 2 in the morning I will be really happy.
Thanks again for all the offers of help. Much appreciated.