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 neighbours came out and asked to see the belt and Mickey obliged them. The kids on the chopper bikes came up and asked if the belt was his.’

If I win another two times I get to keep it he said.

“Wow,’ that will look great on your wall.’

Mickey went back to the car and pulled out some printed cards with him wearing the belt he signed each one and gave them one each.

“Thanks Mickey they all said; as Mick went back into the house.’

He laid the belt on the settee and both his parents looked at it.

I bet that’s worth some money son.

“At least £50.000 grand dad.’

“His father whistled, then said; that’s three and a half years pay to me.’

“I know dad, and you work hard but boxing is a dangerous game; people get hurt this is why they pay you a lot.’

I made twenty five grand for that title fight and I’m guaranteed fifty two thousand for my next.

Things are going to look up for this family soon; you’ll see.’

“Any more tea in that pot asked his father as he slapped his son on the back.’

“I hope that you go on to win a world title son. You have it in you to win one and think what it would do for North Shields to have a world champion living on the door step. Mickey hadn’t told him about Britta and his plans to run a farm in Oostzaan in Holland.

Mickey looked over at the clock on the mantle piece then stood up.

“I have to go dad; I’ve got to be in the gym for nine o’clock and it’s a three and a half hour drive back to London.’

“Alright son he said as his parents saw him to the front door.

“Time you bought a new car they said as he put the belt back into the boot.

“Bye Mickey the Kids on the chopper bikes shouted as he got into the car then waved before heading for the Tyne Tunnel that would take him down south.

He went into his pocket and took out the 20p tunnel fare. Mickey was still trying to come to terms with the new decimal currency. He hated the new money and thought that everyone had been ripped off of 140 pennies in every pound.

“Bloody Tories” he cursed as he gave the guard on the tunnel the money then the barrier was lifted to let him drive through. The Tyne tunnel was opened officially by Queen Elizabeth in 1969. Three years after Bobby Moore the England Football Captain lifted the World Cup after beating Germany 4-2 in the final.

He was there at Wembley Stadium as Nobbie Styles danced around the pitch, and the Charlton brothers Bobby and Jack cried tears of Joy and Geoff Hurst the hat trick man.

Mickey never knew how proud it was to be an Englishman until then.


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