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 heard the back door and jumped up but it was only his father back from the betting shop.

“Our Mickey’s here shouted his mother.

“I’m not blind; I saw his car parked outside.’

“I’ve made some tea will you pour us a cup out.’

“Alright there’s no need to shout I’m not deaf either.’

Joe McCabe hung his coat on the back of the scullery door then walked in and took three mugs from the wooden mug tree on the bench next to the teapot and poured out the tea and added milk.

He placed them on a tray made out of cane from Tynemouth infirmary where his mother was a volunteer. She went around the wards with tea and biscuits, newspapers and sweets. In the morning she sold baskets and tea trays. Now in her seventies she still enjoyed doing things for the community.

He set the tray down on the coffee table along with a tea spoon and sugar.’

Hi Mickey; it’s nice of you to pay us a visit.’

“How you been dad?

“I’m fine; I’m still working doon at Smiths Dock, but the work is getting as scarce as rocky horse shite.’

“There’ll always be call for a welder though wont they dad?

“The way things are going I will be lucky if the yard is still open next year Mickey;

“Well there’s always Swan Hunters or the Neptune Yard.’

“Aye but it’s the lads and the camaraderie that I like son. I’ve worked doon there since I was an apprentice at fourteen and I will be sorry to see the place close.  That bloody Ted Heath has got this country gannin’ to the dogs I tell you.

“Noo divven’t be gannin’ on aboot politics Joe; yer na how it upsets yer.’

“Alreet mother but I was just sayin’.’

“Well divven’t; wor Mickey has enough on his plate she said folding her arms and propping up her breasts.’

“How the boxing goin’ then lad; I saw you on the Telly.’

“I sent you both tickets and your train fare why didn’t you come?

“Well to be honest son we sold the tickets with the train fare for £70 quid to Ginger Burns. He wanted to gan’ so I sold him the tickets.

“Whey I was on C9 that week and we had nae money coming in so I’m sorry lad.’

But well done anyway it was a great scrap.’

“Did you bring the belt to show us?’

“Aye; it’s in the car; I’ll go and get it.’

Mickey went outside and went into the boot and brought out the blue velvet case.


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