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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Robert looked at his watch it was 3.45pm Giles left the cubicle and drew the curtain.

           Robert carefully opened the box; inside it revealed several papers; postcards    

           and a cloth bag. He opened the cloth bag and his eyes bulged as a lump of gold

           dropped into his hand          

           It was a gold nugget that weighed about a pound. The post cards all had 

            Pictures on them

           There was another letter inside the box addressed to him so he opened it.

 

Dear Robert; this nugget is only a fraction of what I found. You can sell it and live the rest of your days in comfort or you can try to find the mother load.

There is a map but you will have to solve the clues to find it.

 

Your first clue is this;

On a cliff lies a crest; where the monks came to rest

The abbey surrounds the walled gate.

If found then this is your fate

Hidden inside a stone tin;

 It is there that the real adventure begins

When you uncover what lies within.

 

Robert’s mother always said that his father spoke in riddles.

He looked inside the rest of the box for more clues but there was none that he could see.

He asked the security guard if he could have a bag in which to put his things into and the guard brought him one.

He left the room and then went back up the stairs to the bank; he looked again inside the paperwork to find a bank book.

Giles asked him if everything was satisfactory.

“Thank you Giles but it seems my father had an account with the bank could I withdraw the money from that account.”

“Do you have any documentation with you a proof of identity?

“I have my birth certificate, my passport, and my driving licence.

“That will suffice Mr McCreadie; do you wish to close the account?

“Yes please.

“You will have to fill out this form then we can clear the account Sir.”

Robert quickly filled out the form and then handed it over to Giles.

“I won‘t be a moment Mr McCreadie; would you like cash?

“Yes thank you.”

A few moments later the manager returned with a large bag.

“Here you are Sir and thank you for banking with us and I do hope that you will bank with us in the future.”

Robert looked into the carrier bag and couldn’t believe what he saw. The bag was stuffed with twenty pound notes.

Could you sign for this money Mr McCreadie?

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