Adapt and Recover

"Adapt and Recover" which tells about two boys growing up in the 1970's in which was still known as the Ridges Estate. Michael and Lizzy Fox live in Oakwood Avenue they have friends who live across the road; Connie and Bob Harris. Both of their sons Roger and Ronnie play together and go to the same school. Infact they are inseparable. This story takes you through their childhood together and their desire to be Royal Marine Commandos after Lizzy, Rogers mother buys Roger an Action man toy for Christmas. As young boys they join the Army Cadets until they reach the age of eighteen where they sign up to take on the hardest training regime in the world. see the boys grow into men as they are sent to fight in the Gulf War in 1991. This is a story of friendship and comradery. one that will last a lifetime.

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“It happens so just be careful both of you.’

“Point taken mam.’

“I’m going to the new hair dressers tomorrow to get my hair cut do you want to come with me said Ronnie?’

“There was a big smirk on Rogers face as he asked his mother if she could give him some money so he could get his hair cut too.

“Here there’s a tenner; mind when you start work I want fifteen quid a week off you for your keep.’

“How much are you giving your mam asked Roger?’

“Mam asked if I would give her twenty pounds mate.’

“Then you will have twenty pounds as well mam.’

“There’s no need son honestly.’

“No; I insist.’

“His mother kissed him on the cheek then filled both the lads plates again as Michael walked in the door after doing a half shift.

“Hi Ron are you setting up camp here.’

“Michael, that’s not nice.’

“I was only joking; he winked at Roger then took of his jacket and went to the sink to wash his hands as Lizzy filled another plate for her husband.’

“We got a job today Da,’

“Good stuff when do you start?’

Monday morning; down at Willington Quay.’

“Aye,’ I heard they were building doon there.’

“What’s the money like then.’

Sixty two quid a week and overtime and bonuses.’

“That’s more than what I got when I first started work.’

“Aye they were paying you with salt in those days weren’t the Da?

“Cheeky bugger.’

“Are you going to college tonight?

“Aye we’ve got to go in ten minutes for the bus.’

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