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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“Dear Robert; if you are reading this letter then I have departed this earth; I am sorry that I could not have been a better father to you and Allan.

I did try and get in touch with you via an advertisement in the paper. There was a news paper cutting showing the advert.

I have spent my life working in various countries as a merchant seaman and maybe that contributed to the break up of the marriage between your mother and me. I have left you my house that I bought which has three good sized bedrooms near the Priory Castle in Tynemouth which I’m sure you will enjoy looking out on as I have. There is also a key to a safe deposit box. Go to Lloyds Bank and they will take you into a private room; open the box and you will find a something that no one else knows the whereabouts of. This is my legacy to you and your brother. Please try to forgive me I was just trying to secure your future.

Tell my grand children that I loved them as I loved you and your brother.

 

Your ever loving father; Robert McCreadie.

 

 

Robert sat back in his seat and wept; even thought he only had a distant memory of his father; he felt no hatred towards him.

Even his mother had told him and his brother when they were growing up that his father was a good man who always sent money home to feed and clothe them. Robert stood up and placed the letter into his inside pocket of his jacket then walked towards the city centre. Robert looked around until he spotted a Lloyds bank on the corner of Oxford Street. He crossed the road then went in and asked if he could speak to the manager.

Shortly after; a little bald man with glasses walked towards him.

“Can I help you sir my name is Giles Hudspeth I am the manager of this bank.

“Hello I am Robert Hugh McCreadie. The two men shook hands and Robert went on to tell him about the safe deposit key.

“Please follow me Mr McCreadie.”

Robert was led to a room in the basement where Giles opened a metal gate inside there was a vault where there were hundreds of boxes.

“Could I have the key Sir?

“Robert handed Giles the key, who then looked at the number; it read 59681

He went to the row at the right hand side of the vault then looked down at the rows until he found the box number; he inserted the key and turned it then pulled out the box which was over eighteen inches long and ten inches wide.

He locked the vault then asked Robert to follow him. There was a small cubicle with a curtain Giles opened it then flicked on a switch after placing the box on the table. “The box is now at your disposal sir; please sit and take as long as you need. However we do close at 5pm prompt.”

 

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