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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Mickey led the girls into the kitchen and served up the casserole that he had made. He cut some bread for them and they all sat together.

“Well then how was your first day at work?

“Hectic; the phone never stopped ringing; as fast as the rooms became vacant we had the chamber maids go in and change the bedding ready for the next guest.

“The restaurant gets pretty full too said Britta.’

“Are you going out tonight asked Mickey inquisitively?

“No we were just going to stop in.’

“Right after dinner I will take you for a walk around the prom and show you the lighthouse and then the Spanish City fairground.’

“I thought that we could hear music when we finished work; we were wondering where it was coming from weren’t we Dani?’

“Yes; it seems like a busy little town.’ I expect that it gets full of tourists at this time of year.’

“Yes,’ said Mickey they come from Scotland, Ireland, and Wales by the coach load every day during the summer.’

“I bet you had a good supply of girlfriends then said Dani laughing.’

“I’ve out grown that phase in my life Dani, I did work on the dodgem cars in the City for a season when I was out of work but now I don’t have time to mess around with girls. I concentrate solely on my boxing.’

“Can we come to watch you box next week?

“Yes, I will get you a couple of tickets.’

Thanks will there be any of your friends there asked Dani?

“Yes,’ but I cannot vouch that they will be gentlemen mind.’ A lot of these lads come from hardened back grounds like me with strict parents and broken homes, where violence is a regular occurrence. ‘

“So were you’re parent really strict with you Mickey?

How come you turned out the way you have then? You’re are kind and gentle.’

“You haven’t seen me in a boxing ring yet.’

Mickey made a flask of coffee and poured some milk into a small bottle along with some sugar and a tea spoon wrapped in some clear plastic. He put them inside a carrier bag then went upstairs for his coat.

The girls asked for five minutes whilst they changed into some warm clothes.

They threw on a pair of jeans, a clean tee shirt, and a warm sweater, woollen socks and their hiking boots before setting off along the promenade.

There was a slight breeze in the air but it wasn’t cold.

Mickey was wearing a pair of jeans a thick polo necked cream coloured sweater and his running boots.

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