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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Saturday morning was a beautiful day and Anne Robinson knocked on Kitty’s door to tell her that Bob had got a start at Formica.

She told her what had transpired the night that she had given him an ultimatum.

“Good on you Anne, it’s high time you stood up to him; now do not lose the intuitive men may think that they rule the roost in their home but it’s us women who are the backbone.’

 “Come on put your coat on we are going out Kitty it’s time that you ventured out of these four walls.’

“Eeh lass, I don’t know whether I can.’

“Never mind that I am with you so don’t worry.’

“Where are we going said Kitty as she got her hat and put a pin in it to stop it from coming off. She put on the long black coat then the two women went outside.

Kitty felt the warm air against the skin on her face. It had been that long that she’d forgotten how it felt.

Where are we going she asked again?’

“We are going to take a bus ride to Tynemouth market.’

“That sounds good.’

“Yes, then I’m going to treat you to dinner at the Gibraltar Rock.’

“Not there lass, but it’s a bit pricey in there. Why don’t we just go to the fish and chip shop on Front Street and then walk along the prom for a bit?’

“Anything you like Kitty.’

They headed towards Northumberland Square where they sat on the wall and waited for the bus to arrive. They didn’t have long to wait before the bus turned up.’

“Let me pay the fare said Kitty; it’s the least I can do.’

“Two to Tynemouth Holy Saviours please. The conductor gave Kitty her change from the sixpence she had given him then sat back and looked out of the window as the bus went along past Northumberland Park. My late husband and I used to go there you know.’

Anne knew; Kitty had told her how they had met when she was only twelve and was feeding the ducks in the pond. Anne indulged her and let her tell the story again.’

When they reached Tynemouth there was an Army parade taking place and people were standing around waving miniature Union Jack flags as the soldiers marched past to the sound of the band behind them. They stood for a moment whilst Kitty remembered her husband then turned and walked towards the train station.

Once inside they walked around all the stalls.

Kitty bought herself some material to make a new dress for herself and Anne bought a watercolour painting by a local artist. They crossed over the bridge then looked at the stalls on that side before returning with more stuff they had bought.

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