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.


22. 22

Hello is this the Times Magazine Office; could I speak with Miss Eleanor Riley please?

The phone went silent for a few moments and then someone picked up the receiver.

“Hello its Eleanor Riley who’s calling please.

“Hello Eleanor; I don’t know if you remember me but we met on the train going to London.

“Robert isn’t it; yes I remember. What can I do for you Robert?”

“It’s more of what I can do for you Eleanor.”

“Oh and what would that be she said in her sexist voice.

“No nothing like that Eleanor. I have a great story for your magazine if you are interested?

“Please go on.”

“Well my father left me a substantial amount of money and a gold nugget worth £33.000 pounds and clues to the whereabouts of even more.

We have found the second clue today and we are flying to Australia at eleven thirty this evening could you make that flight?

“Where are you flying from?

“Newcastle but it is going via Heathrow.”

“I will meet you on the plane what seats have you got?

“Seats six A.B. and C seat D is not taken.”

“Leave that to me and I will sort that out.”

“See you on board tonight Robert; bye.”

“Bye Eleanor.”

“Is she coming with us the two lads asked?

“Yes; she is meeting us on the plane at Heathrow in London.”

“I cannot wait said the lads.”

“Now you behave yourselves and act like gentlemen.”

“We will Da’.”

Pat cooked them a good supper before their taxi arrived to take them to the airport.

Robert kissed his wife before heading out.

“Have you all got your passports?

“Yes mother.”

The two sons then kissed their mother and then dashed down the corridor and were gone.

Pat looked out of the window to see them get into the taxi and drive off.


Walking into the airport terminal building they checked in.

“Do you have any luggage sir?

“No we have none we are buying our clothes out in Australia.”

“It’s going to be hot there at this time of year.”

“Remember to drink plenty of fluids at least 2 litres every hour or so.”

“Does that include beer Miss?

“No just water.”

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