The Crossing

"The Crossing" tells of two Dutch girls in 1970 who come looking for work on the DFDS ferry- it is In North Shields they meet Mickey Boom Boom McCabe a local boxer who helps them find digs in Whitley Bay- one of the girls becomes romantically involved with Nigel Worthington a local business man and crook when she is working with her friend in the Rex Hotel as a receptionist. Worthington set up another boxer Jeff Decker when Jeff goes to collect a strange package he opens it to discover two kilo's of coke. He recuts the coke and sells it. Worthington finds out and Jeff ends up in hospital with a broken jaw and several ribs. Mickey McCabe rallies his boxing friends together where they mete out their kind of punishment- Mickey is forced to move to London and gets involved with the underworld after Worthington seeks revenge- Can Mickey fulfil his dream and become the welterweight champion of the world- in this story which will take you around the North East - London and Zaandam in Holland.

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Wake up Britta you are going to miss the ferry her mother said in Dutch as she opened the bedroom curtains.

Mother please, I’m tired.”

“Danique will be here in a moment; are you packed?’

“Yes mother; I did it last night.’

“Good now you get ready and I shall make you something to eat before you go.’ We don’t want you getting sea sick do we?

Britta threw back the covers she looked out of the window to see what the weather was like; it had been raining yesterday and Britta did not fancy cycling from Zaandijk to Amsterdam in the rain. It looked promising with blue skies.

She went to the bathroom and washed before putting on a pair of Levi’s and a tee shirt Britta never wore a bra, she didn’t have to, her breasts were firm, and she liked the freedom of not having to wear one.

She applied a little make up and combed her short blonde hair then headed to the kitchen where her mother had made her coffee and a pastry to eat.

She went outside the bungalow then took out her adapted bike that her father had made for her. It was a wooden cart that she could place all her clothing a tent and cooking utensils inside.

Her mother made her a flask of coffee, some food, and put a carton of orange juice wrapped inside one of the towels she was taking; then placed it at the front of the cart so if they stopped they could eat and drink without having to unload everything.

“You haven’t forgotten your passport have you?

“No mother; where is Pieter?

He’s checking the tyres are pumped up on the bike before you leave. There is a spare inner tube and a puncture repair kit in case you need it. I have also made up a first aid box with everything you may need.

“Are you sure you want to do this Britta, working in England will be hard for you, I would rather you stay here and get a job here.

“Mother I told you it was going to be a working holiday; in any case Dani and I have accepted the job now and it’s only going to be for a year mother.

“Yes,’ but you are only eighteen and your father and I worry about you being so far away in a foreign country.

“Mother we can look after ourselves; its 1970 not 1945 you know.’

“Still you will be careful and write to me won’t you.

“Yes mother I will; if we have time working in a busy hotel.

There was a knock at the door and Britta answered it to her friend Dani.

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