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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Britta and Dani had looked around the flat and they loved the view he had onto the beach.

There was a two seated sofa and a single arm chair.

On the walls that had been painted magnolia and white glossed skirting and windows and sills made the room look bigger than it actually was. The bedroom was painted in a soft lilac colour the duvet on the bed was a mixture of purple and red and there was a red carpet on he floor. A small wardrobe stood in the corner and a painting of landscape hung above the bed it had purple blossom which complimented everything else in the room.

There was a trophy cabinet with an array of cups and medals in the living room. There were also some boxing photos of Mickey in action on the walls which the two girls had looked at.

“How long have you lived here Mickey they asked?

“I moved here two years ago now because it’s near to the gym.’

“How many days a week do you train?

 “Six days a week.’

“It pretty much takes over your life then said Dani.’

“I still have a social life because I’m a postman and I start at four in the morning.

Once my round is done I’m finished for the day.

Then I can train and have the evenings free. Sunday morning I go to the launderette to wash all my clothes then I come back and iron it.’

By five I am done then I can go out if I wish.’

I do not drink alcohol so I never get drunk, no hangovers to worry about.’

“Do you have a girlfriend then?

“No; I did have a girl for a while but she wanted me to quit the ring and devote my time to her.

“I couldn’t do that so we decided to go our separate ways.

“Were you in love with her?

I loved her yes, but at the end I wasn’t in love with her; can you understand that. Don’t get me wrong; I respected her very much and we are still friends now.’

“Do you have anywhere to live?

“No we just got here we have got a tent and we were going to camp out on the promenade.

“Well if you have sleeping bags; you can crash here until you find a place.’

I have just remembered that there was a young girl staying in the flat on the second floor she moved out last week so it is empty and I’m sure she left all of her furniture when she left too.

“Come on lets go and ring the landlord and get it now before it’s snatched up as these flats are like gold dust.’

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