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


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In February 1941 Anne Robinson found a job working for H.O Wills the cigarette factory on the coast road she earned seven pounds a week and was able to buy cigarettes at discounted prices which she sold on and made four pounds a week more.

The place stunk to high heaven of tobacco and it got into clothing and hair but Anne found bathing every night got rid of the smell as long as she put plenty of bubble bath in the water.

Kitty on the other hand had no one to talk with during the day she found herself becoming more withdrawn; she missed having her chats with Anne. Now that she was working she rarely saw her. Anne even took on extra shifts because her husband still hadn’t found a job. Kitty made matters worse when she saw Anne’s husband rolling in drunk as a lord one night when Anne was at work. She could not help herself and gave him a piece of her mind. He called her an interfering old harpie and told her to mind her own business.


Sam came home from school he washed his hands then looked in the cupboard to see what was in that he could make the evening meal with. There was about a pound of minced beef, some carrots, and potatoes so he set about making mince and dumplings.

He even made bread and butter pudding for afters with some stale bread and some dried fruit. His mother was so pleased that he’d taken on the job of cook in the house and she was now actually saving money instead of having to send Sam to the fish and chip shop each night. She bought more vegetables and flour so that Sam could make fresh bread tea cakes and scones. As a treat she let Sam go to the Rex pictures to see “How Green Was My Valley” starring Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O’Hara, and Roddy McDowall. The Richard Llewellyn novel was brought to the screen and Sam loved it.

He even bought himself the book and read it over and over. He liked going to the picture house with his two friends Eric Forster and Philip McEvoy.

They would howl with laughter when watching the Three Stooges and Laurel and Hardy. During the interval they showed cartoons with Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny. Then there were Looney tunes cartoons to watch and then a main feature. Sam spent the whole afternoon in the pictures then would come home.

He had to be in the house before dark because of the curfew. He too wished the war was over so that he could play out longer.

Emily allowed his friends to come over at the weekend and they would set up a blow football game or play ludo in the scullery on the table. Sometimes their mother would join them for a game of “happy families.’


 Tom had met a girl and he was out most nights now. They called her Iris McDonald and she lived in Trinity Street. Tom met her on the bus as he was coming home from 

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