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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“Let’s get this assault course out of the way then I will get back to you alright.’

“Yes Sergeant and thank you.’

“Enjoy your climb lad.’

“I will Sir Bye. Roger hung up.’

Sergeant Connolly is going to teach me to drive mam; how about that.’

“Bloody marvellous Roger.’

Just then the front door opened and in walked his father.

Michael wor Roger is going to learn how to drive how about that?’

“Who’s going to pay for that like?’

“Don’t worry it won’t cost you a penny Da; Sergeant Connolly is going to give me lessons.

“Well I’ll be buggered; my son is going to drive his own car.

The site foreman greeted the two young lads as they turned up for work on the building site. Where they were hoyed in the deep end straight away. They mixed cement, and ferried bricks up and down ladders all day. They also had to make tea for all the lads but it didn’t bother them this was a doddle compared to Marine training.

They cleaned their boots before leaving the site that night and the foreman Brian Smith was pleased with their work. They had grafted all day and were not lazy.’

They did three runs with a full fifty pound pack and battle dress that week. This time they ran to Newcastle running through Howdon then through Wallsend, Daisy Hill, Byker, and then into Newcastle. On the way back then ran using the coast road back into North Shields. Because they had to work a week in lieu Roger drew fifty pounds out from his account and loaned Ron twenty five until they got paid the following week. When Friday arrived they ran home from work and spent an hour packing

His mother had made some soup so he could take it in a flask She also made him a large pack of ham and peas pudding sandwiches and a four pack of mars bars.

He had Bacon, and sausages, tins of beans, a tub of Lurpak butter, dried pasta meals that just needed to add hot water to. He would buy eggs and fresh bread once they arrived.

Roger checked his watch it was time to leave.

He kissed his mother and told her that he would be back on Sunday around seven o’clock. “I’ll keep you your Sunday dinner then son; you can eat it when you come home. Be careful won’t you.’

“I will mam don’t worry.’ See you later Da.’

“Aye son; enjoy yourself.’

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