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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Did Mr Ferguson tell you where Decker had stashed my money? Nigel said over the phone

“No, and he won’t be troubling you again Nigel.’

“Looks like I’m going to have to pay Decker another visit.

“I would lay off a while; the place is swarming with cops I’ve been told.’

Yes, you’re right; he won’t be going anywhere for at least a week. I will have him followed and I’m sure he will lead me to the money that he robbed from me.’

“Right; Nigel my work is done here; I will let you sort things out.’

“Thank you Dennis I won’t forget this.’

Dennis hung up then smiled to himself. Worthington would never suspect him of taking his money and Decker would never be able to tell him either. Fergie was now out of the picture so Nigel would draw a blank. He thought that the money was ample compensation for ridding him of a problem. As for Mickey McCabe; the time to call in a favour would come real soon.


Mickey spent the trip over to Amsterdam in the cinema on board he watched two movies The Call of the Wild with Charlton Heston based on the book by Jack London an Alfred Hitchcock’s Frenzy with Jon Finch, Barry Foster and Alec McGowen.

After which he went to his cabin and lay down on his bunk.

He couldn’t wait to be with Britta again he missed her smile and the way he felt when he was with her. He knew he had a long way to go before the big money fights would come. He had a long way to go yet but he was determined to better himself for Britta.

He took out the photo that they had taken together in the little booth in the Spanish City from his wallet and gazed at it. He had looked at it a thousand times and never grew tired of staring at the woman who had made his life worth all pain and suffering.

He wanted to take her to meet his mother and father and his younger brother but he didn’t know how she would take walking through the newly named Meadowell Estate. They had re-modernised the place and changed all the names. He didn’t know what they called his mothers house now.

They had moved from Marina Avenue to Wallsend Road.

He would buy his mother a new house up in the New York Estate where all the posh people with money lived. The night passed into early morning. Mickey woke as the ferry was pulling into the Hook of Holland. A coach was laid on that would take him to Zaandam.

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