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 went in the shower then got themselves ready. Dani was wearing a pair of blue flared trousers with platform shoes and a hippy styled blouse and a waistcoat.

Britta was wearing a brown suede skirt fashioned like an American Indian native. She wore a headband with feathers and a leather thronged belt.

She also wore brown knee length suede boots. The two young women couldn’t help but be noticed as they walked towards the bar. Every man in the room turned to look at them.

A group of lads nudged each other then headed over to where the girls were.

“Hi, said one lad with a Sunderland accent; can I get you girls a drink?

Britta looked at Dani and then they both turned and smiled.

“That’s very kind of you we will have large vodka and coke please.’

I’m Greg and this is me marra’ John.

“Marra. What is this word?

“Erm, like mate, friend Greg said nervously.’

“Oh we see said Dani; and what are you lads doing here in Holland.

“Well said Greg we just spent the weekend in Amsterdam there’s ten of us on a stag do.

Ik versta het niet said Britta? (I don’t understand)

Greg looked even more embarrassed as he tried to explain that his friend was getting married and that they were out celebrating his last week of being a single man.

“Yes, I understand.

“We are sorry but none of us speak any Dutch.’

“That is fine we speak a little English as long as you speak slowly we will be able to understand you.

The drinks arrived and the girls thanked the taller of the two men who looked like Jason King the detective on TV played by (Peter Wyngard). The other who was much shorter and carrying a paunch kept pulling down his tank top in an attempt to cover his beer belly. But every time he took a drink from his glass of beer it rode over his belly exposing his shirt and the two buttons that had popped underneath with the strain of holding in his increasing girth.

“So what brings you girls to the North East then?

“We are working over in Newcastle.

“Oh really; where?

Britta was just about to say where they really worked but Dani got in first telling the lads that they were in fact working under cover for the police force.

“Greg’s face changed colour.

“Well we won’t tell you what we’ve been up to then he laughed.’

“What goes on in Amsterdam stays in Amsterdam; unless you have something to hide of course.

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