McCreadies Gold

Set in Glasgow; Tynemouth and Australia - it tells of a merchant seaman who is estranged from his wife and two sons after their divorce in 1908. His wife Edna moves to Glasgow where she brings up her two children in the Gorbals a notorious slum. Her son Allan is killed during the war but Robert fails a medical and works as a shipyard welder. he meets Patricia and they get married. They have two sons Robert Jr and James. they go to live in the newly built Red Road Tower Block. Robert receives a phone call telling him that his father has died and that he must go to London where the will is to be read. He is left a key to a safe deposit box and the deeds to a house in Tynemouth. what he reads in the letter will take him and his two sons halfway across the world on an adventure. McCreadies Gold is definitely one to read.

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13. 13

“Sorry sir we are all out of notes apart from the ones on credit, ye know; like the one’s you use to bring me from your mother.”

Robert picked up the mountain of coins and put them into his pocket.

Thank you Mrs Johnson.

“Bye the now Rabbie mind how you go.”

Robert got into the car and passed the carrier bag to his brother.

“The cheeky bugger he said as he started the engine.”

“I take it Mrs Johnson was having a wee pop at you then?

“Aye and not for the first time either.”

Robert drove back to find the lift wasn’t working and they had to walk up the twenty seven flights of stairs before they got to the door of his house.

They let themselves in then went into the kitchen where their mother was putting out the plates that she had heated in the oven.

“Da’ your supper is out.”

Robert got up from reading the Daily Record and took off his reading glasses and placed them into his case then walked into the kitchen.

“Would there be any tea in the pot there James?

James felt the pot under the tea cosy and it burnt his fingers.

“Yes da there is I will pour you one out for you and mother.

Robert grabbed two tall glasses from the cupboard above his head and took the bottle of Irn Bru by the neck and tried to open it.

“Give me it here said James who tried in vain to open the bottle.

Then their father took the bottle and opened it straight away.

“Still life in the old dog yet aye; working down the shipyard keeps you fit.”

They all sat down and ate the humble meal in which they had all grown up with. It was still the best staple food around.

 

The next morning Robert woke up at 6am he washed and shaved then made his way to the kitchen and made himself a quick cup of tea then got dressed. He was out of the house by 6.45am. Pat was already up and had pressed a clean shirt for her husband and was ready to leave.

Robert drove to Barmullock where James lived and his sons were waiting for him.

Robert had brought the briefcase with the money in it to give to his sons to share.”

“Da what about you and mother; will you have enough?

“I have brought the nugget to get valued in town before we set off for Tynemouth so I want you to split this money between you and get it into your bank accounts.

“Thirteen and a half thousand dad is a lot of money each.”

“It was what your Grandfather would have wanted.”

“We are going to need money for expenses so we will keep £200 pounds each alright Da?”

“It is yours to do with as you wish son he said to Robert.”

They made there way out where Robert sat up front and James got into the back with his mother after placing their cases and suits in the boot.

Robert drove into town and stopped the car outside of McGowan jewellers then got out. “Wait here I won’t be long.

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