The Netmaker

"The Netmaker" the story follows four families who are all linked in some way to the Wilkinsons Lemonade Factory that was bombed during WW2. This is a tribute to the 107 people who lost their lives on 3rd May 1941


16. 16

“I don’t want you to go to war Tom, please cried his brother. You are too young. I don’t want you to die and leave me to look after mam on my own.’


When Emily Richardson returned from work Sam ran out to help her with the shopping she was carrying.

“Did you get something nice for tea tonight mam asked Sam as he took a heavy bag from his mother?

“Yes, I got quite a lot; my arms are killing me with humping this lot from Shields.’

“You should have got the bus mam look at you; you look worn out. Sit down and I will unpack this shopping whilst the tea is brewing.’

Sam emptied the bags then neatly placed them on the shelves in the larder.

He poured his mother a cup of tea and handed it to her.

“Thanks’ son I’m buggered; I think I should go for a lie down after this.’

“Don’t worry mam we will fix something for our tea’

 Sausage, egg, and chips do you?

Sam took out three large potatoes that were about two pounds in weight each and took out a knife and began to peel them in the sink.’

He was fairly adept at cooking because he was taking domestic science at school and learning fast by reading cook books by Mrs Beaton. Sam reckoned he could cook just about anything if he had the recipe.

“How about I bake some fresh bread?’

“Alright son, go ahead; let’s see what you can do. Sam got the flour, salt, yeast, and water to make dough then he kneaded it. He then left it to prove for an hour then kneaded it again then made four large cobs and placed them into the oven on a large tray. Meanwhile he cooked the sausages and put on the chip pan, chipped the potatoes and when they were ready he placed them in the fryer. The bread was ready to be taken out of the oven. “Wow don’t they look good said Sam to his brother. “ We will make a cook out of you yet said Tom as Sam tapped the bottom of each loaf to check to see if the loaves were done properly.

Tom set the table and Sam put everything out then woke his mother who had fallen asleep in the chair.

“Its ready Mam come and eat with us.’

Emily got up and came into the scullery and sat down. My Son this is great; well done.’

“They teach you how to cook most things at school you know it means I can come home and have dinner on the table when you both come in.’

“Well if I tell you what we are having could you make it?’

“I know I could mam.’

“Alright then from Monday you can take over the cooking of our dinner.’

“That will be good said Tom at least we can eat straight away instead of having to wait until you come home mam.’

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