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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On September 4th 1970 Britta and Dani started their first shift at the 69 bedroom hotel. There were three bars including a breakfast room and dining room. There was a night club facility which opened on Friday and Saturday night.

The girls were responsible for the hotel, and the restaurant bookings. Most were short stay customers but there were a couple of resident’s who stayed there for the summer season at a discounted rate.

Whilst Britta and Dani were working Mickey set to work on moving the furniture from the attic and placed it in the two sheds outside. He then sanded the paintwork then washed it down with sugar soap. He did the ceiling first with two coats of vinyl silk emulsion then he painted the walls with the magnolia. Once he had done that he glossed the doors and windows. He stopped for a ham sandwich then cracked on with the bedroom; luckily there were two single beds that needed assembling. He set to work and he was finished by 2:30 p.m. he painted the door and the surrounds he oiled the skylight window and left it open to air the room and help to dry out the paintwork.

He found some carpet that was in one of the sheds and he cut it to fit the bedroom.

Mickey had a rug that he had put away that was used in the living room. There was a small table and two chrome and black leather chairs. It would do until they could get two arm chairs. Mickey rang a house clearance shop on Whitley Road who specialised in second hand furniture and he told them if they got two comfortable chairs reasonably priced to deliver them. He also asked them to keep a dinner service; and cutlery, teapot, sugar bowl, and milk jug. The girls were in luck as the shop had just cleared a house that day and they had exactly what he wanted.

“Can you drop them in this afternoon?’

“No problem Mickey.’

“How much Brian?

“For you mate, twenty quid, and I will throw in some extras.’

“Okay I will see you soon.’

By the time the girls returned at seven that evening Mickey had cooked a beef casserole and the room was all done.

Both girls were totally shocked when they saw the transformation to the attic.

Mickey you must have slaved all day to get this ready.’

“How will we ever thank you said Britta?

“Well you owe me twenty quid for the two chairs, this carpet and the crockery and utensils. They threw in these pictures which I’ve put up for you but if you don’t like them you can take them down.

“We love them Mickey; Dani gave Mickey twenty pounds and asked him how much they owed him for the paint and his trouble.

“No charge.’

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