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 called in at the garage in Margate he filled up then headed north.

Mickey enjoyed driving, it helped him relax. He thought about Britta and the new farm. He knew that the two of them would make it a success. He knew Britta would be measuring up with her father for what he would build for her along with Pieter’s help. Dani and Baako helped too Baako with his boat building experience made them a bedroom that looked like the inside of a cabin on a ship. It was all varnished oak with Maple flooring throughout. Arjan made them cabinets and book shelves; whilst Pieter make kitchen units. The land was ploughed it needed planting and Britta planned to grow flowers for the British Market so tulips were planted in a variety of colours. They would sell the bulbs; as well as plant strawberries, and tomatoes under poly tunnels. Carrots and parsnips were another commodity that they could grow and sell.


It was five past six when Mickey pulled up outside of his mother’s house. There were some local kids playing outside; they were riding around on Chopper bikes on the pavement the latest fad of 1973.

He let himself in through the back door then called for his mother.

“In here love he her his mother shout back.’

“Hi mam, he said holding a big bunch of flowers for her that he’d picked up at the garage on the way.

“Oh son they are lovely; let me get them in some water and a vase straight away.’

Do you want a drink?

“A pot of tea would be nice; he knew neither his mother nor father drank coffee.’

“Where’s dad then?’

“He’s down at the bookies,’ you know what he’s like.’

“Aye I do, he reverted back to his Geordie twang as if he’d never been away.’

“Have you eaten anything son; I can make you something.’

“No,’ it’s alright mam, I can’t stay long. I’ve got to be in the gym at nine in the morning so I have to head back around nine.’

“So soon son?’

“Yes,’ I’ve to defend my title in a month at Wembley Arena so I need to get back mam.

“Oh I forgot to tell you, two of your friends came looking for you about two months ago. “ Did they leave a message?

“They said to tell you that Nigel was looking for you.;

“I see said Mickey.’


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