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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“The girls had rung their boss to tell them that they had to return to Amsterdam as there was a death in the family. They collected their wages then ordered a taxi to take them to the ferry terminal building. They had left two months rent and a note for the landlord to tell him that they would be back after the funeral. Mickey had told them not to say anything but they thought that they would need somewhere to live if they came back. They said if they needed to stay longer then they would send him a cheque. They bought their tickets and boarded the ferry the Kobremenhavn.

The wind blew across the Tyne as they stood on the deck.

Dani was still trying to come to terms with the fact that Nigel Worthington was a drug lord. How had she been taken in? She must have read the signs; his mood swings certainly pointed out that he was taking something. Probably coke but she had closed her mind to it because he could be so charming. Now she knew what he was capable of she was glad that she was out of his life for good. Britta on the other hand was like a lost sheep; all that she could take about was Mickey. The fog horn sounded as the Kobremenhavn slipped out of the Tyne pulled by the two tug boats the Nor’sider and Sou’sider until they reached the piers at Tynemouth when they slipped the guide ropes and she was allowed to head out to sea.


Nigel Worthington edged his way towards the phone table he used his mouth to pick up a pencil and dial a number after using the pencil again to unhook the receiver.

He grunted down the phone and the person on the other end figured out something was wrong. It was thirty minutes later that Jimmy Marshbanks turned up he saw immediately that something had happened because the gate was open and the front door. Jimmy made his way to the drawing room where he found the three men all tied up and in a bit of a state.

He cut the tomato ties from Nigel’s hands and feet

And Nigel slumped in agony Jimmy removed the gag from his mouth and Nigel screamed for him to get an ambulance because his feet and legs were so swollen he couldn’t feel them anymore.

Jimmy rung straight away and within five minutes the three men were taken away to Wansbeck General where the three men underwent surgery to reset the broken bones.

Pins and screws had to be inserted into Nigel’s feet and they had to stiffen both of his legs because his knees were shattered. He certainly wouldn’t walk again without the use of crutches or a wheelchair. The two heavies had broken legs and their hands had been shattered by the hammer blows. It was four hours later when they all got out of theatre and were put on the ward.

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