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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“I don’t fancy cremated food.’

“Well I have to get on said Jackie I have an order to unload and put away.’

“I would have helped you but I have to change for games.’

“I know you would have and thanks’ for that.’

“I may see you later.’

“Alright bye for now Jackie said Sam as he ran up to the top yard where the changing rooms were.

 

Neil Proctor the five feet ten inches tall gym teacher stood in his Terry towelling tracksuit with a towel wrapped around his neck. He had many badges sewn onto the top he was wearing as the boys all lined up. He handed the footballs to two boys then placed a whistle over his head. He checked his watch and then began to jog as the rest of the boys now in their football strips followed him down to the playing fields further down from the school.

Jackie had unlocked the gates and they all bounded onto the pitch which was as hard as concrete.

The stud indentations from other players could be seen as Sam jogged and waved his arms around in an effort to get some heat into his body.

Mr Proctor blew his whistle and the boys all lined up. The two team captains picked out the players they wanted and the others had to stand on the touch line in case they were needed.

The game quickly got under way with little Terry Watts who passed the ball to Willie Telford he was immediately flattened by big Jimmy Armstrong.

“Proctor blew his whistle and Telford was carried off and Alan Young replaced him from the touch line. The game carried on and the ball was given to him by Butch Whitelaw he went past four players then square the ball back to Butch who slotted the ball into the top right corner.’

“Good goal shouted the teacher as the ball was placed in the centre circle.

Proctor blew his whistle again and away they went.

The game continued for an hour then the whistle was finally blown. The team in which Sam played for managed to win 4-2 and on the way back Mr Proctor asked Sam if he would sign for the team.

“Alright Sir, I will play.’

“Good lad said slapping his back.’

They walked back to the changing rooms took off their boots and cleaned them outside before going back in and going into school and into the showers. Sam liked the showers because it was better than using the tin bath at home.

He put on his clothes then placed his dirty kit into his haversack then combed his hair before heading off to the dining hall.’

He would get tips on how to cook the likes of fisherman’s pie or steak and kidney pie from the school cook Mrs Jenson.

He quickly would write down what she had told him and would try them out at home. He had a good list of recipes in his diary now with soups, stews, and puddings.

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