A Tunnel of Darkness

A miner from Ashington discovers his wife's infidelity. left alone he faces an uncertain future when the pit is set for closure. the strikes of 1969 force him to relocate to South Yorkshire where he meets a young school teacher. who pushes the young man to make a better life for himself.

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“I would like that very much.”

“Well I hope that you don’t think I’m being too forward here Miss but would you like to come out with me tonight?

“My you are a fast worker aren’t you?

“Me mam used to say “Shy bairns get no sweets”

“Alright then Gerald; pick me up around seven tonight.”

“I will see you then Miss.

Ged turned and was about to leave when Elizabeth called him back.

“Yes Miss?

“Gerald if we are going out together; it’s Elizabeth.

“Right Miss, erm I mean Elizabeth” please thank your Gran for me as well.

“I will; bye Gerald.

Ged turned, opened the door and let himself out then got into his car and drove off.

 

Ged felt quite pleased with himself as he drove back to Scawthorpe.

All the way home he thought about what he was going to wear, should he wear his suit or just go casual. He had to make an impression so it would have to be a suit he thought.

Through out the afternoon Ged couldn’t settle he was sitting down then standing he’d already washed and shaved.

He looked at his watch again to check the time it was only three minutes after four o’clock. Ged knew the drive back to Cusworth was only thirty minutes drive so he would leave about twenty past six to give himself plenty of time to arrive.

He took out his boots favoured by the Beatles and polished them to a high shine then washed his hands.

He cleaned his teeth again with Colgate toothpaste; said to give you” a ring of confidence” Ged covered his mouth with both hands then breathed out he quickly sniffed up to check that his breath smelled fresh. He would buy a packet of Beechnut chewing gum on the way to pick up Elizabeth.

The time seemed to have stopped still but eventually the time had come for him to go he splashed some “Hai Karate aftershave on then checked to see if his tie was straight.

“Right; he said to himself as he locked the front door to his house and got into his car and drove off. He spotted a chewing gum machine and put tuppence in the slot and turned the knob two packets of Beechnut chewing gum fell into the recess at the bottom. My lucky day he thought.

Then he stopped by a flower shop and bought half a dozen roses. The lady in the shop wrapped them in some nice paper for him. He thought about buying a box of Cadbury’s Milk Tray Chocolates as well but he thought that might be going over board.

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