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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“This is heavy work you know; you’d be expected to lift big sacks of potatoes around and bags of carrots and other vegetables.’

“It cannot be any worse than working in the kipper factory Mr Day.’

“Alright then pick up that bag of spuds and put them into the recess over there.’

Lizzy surprised the shop owner by lifting the sack and emptying it.’

“You’re stronger than you look Mrs Fox.’

“You know me?’

“Yes,’ your Michaels wife aren’t you?’

“Yes, do you know him?’

“Yes, he used to work with my dad.’

“Aye that was a while ago; he got made redundant.’

“I know; so did my dad.’

“How did you end up working in a fruit shop?’

“My Gran left me a few bob so I ploughed the money into this shop.’

“Wiser than Michael his money went into the Robin Hood; he could have bought the pub the amount of money he’s wasted in there.’

“Is he not working then?’

“A hard days work would kill him now Mr Day; it’s been almost ten years since the lazy sod did a hand stir; pardon my language.’ 

Alan Day laughed out loud then said well we can blame Thatcher for wrecking a few people’s lives in that respect Mrs Fox.’

“People were conned by that woman wi her shopping bag and head scarf on whey it was obvious she’d never done a hard days work in her life; even if her father had a grocery store.’

“I think we are going to get along just fine; can you start tomorrow morning.’

“I can start right now if you need me?’

“Tomorrow will be fine; bring your p60 with you and I will sort out your details.’

“Thank you Mr Day.’

“Call me Alan.’

“I’m Lizzy.’

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