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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Alan Donaldson manager of Wilkinson’s Lemonade factory had noticed a change in Emily Richardson’s work; she seemed to be taking more breaks than anyone else so he called her into his office to discuss it. She sucked on a Polo mint as she made her way to his office with a worried look on her face.

She went up a short flight of steps that led to his office and knocked on the door then went inside.

“Hello Emily please sit down.’ would you care for a cigarette?’

“Yes thanks’ she took one of Mr Donaldson’s Senior Service and placed it in her mouth and waited until he held out petrol lighter. She inhaled quickly then exhaled as Alan Donaldson drew in a large breath from his then held it in his lungs momentarily and then exhaled the smoke cloud drifted up towards the ceiling.

“I won’t keep you Emily; it’s just that I’ve noticed that you’ve been taking quite a lot of toilet breaks of late. Is there anything wrong Emily; you know at home?’

“Not really Mr Donaldson; just the war and the fact that I haven’t seen my husband in nearly eight months.’

“Well I’m sorry about that but don’t blame me, blame the German’s.’

“I’m not blaming you Sir honest.’

“I know that Emily I was just pulling your leg.’

“Now I know that you smoke but we turn a blind eye once in a while to allow you to have a quick fag. He drew in another large puff from his cigarette before continuing.

“You had six toilet breaks yesterday and you’ve had five today; now we cannot allow that to go on Emily it is not fair on the workers who do not smoke you see?’

“Yes Sir, I’m sorry; it won’t happen again. She took a long puff of her cigarette this time.’

“Well see that it doesn’t Emily; you have been a good worker here at Wilkinson’s and I would hate to have to fire you. Do I make myself clear?’

“Yes sir perfectly.’

“Good now get back to your work and let’s not speak of this again.’

Emily took another puff from the cigarette then stubbed it out in the ashtray before leaving.

She would have to be extra careful now as she was being watched. She wondered whether or not he could smell the gin on her breath as she went back into the packing bay. “What did he want then all the girls asked?

“He called me in to praise me for me work she lied; happen I will get a bonus in my wages this week.’

“Do you see any flying pigs around here Polly asked Mavis Davis?’

“Na nen around here Mave.’

“Aye a thought as much like.’

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