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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“Are you sure this is what you want to do son?’

“I’ve never been more certain in my whole life mam’

It was six thirty when Ronnie knocked and Roger’s mother asked him to come in.

“Just go in Ronnie lad he’s in his room.’

Ronnie knocked and then went in.’

“Alreet matey; what’s up.’

Well prepare yourself Ronnie mate because next Friday we’re off to Lympstone in Devon to join the Royal Marine Commandos.’

“Really Ronnie asked.’

“I kid you not sonna’ we are going mate. Both lads embraced one another then said together “all for one, and one for all.’

Roger wrote down what they would need to take and he said that it only left them three more runs to do before they would be leaving to join up.’

“Have you told Brenda yet?’

“No, I will tell her tomorrow when I see her.’

“I cannot believe it mate after all we’ve been through together it has finally come and we are going.’

I will ring the train station and find out the times of the trains to Lympstone; we are being met at 400 hours by the duty officer so I would guess that the train journey is between five and six hours. So that means ten a.m. at Newcastle Central. That will give us plenty time to get our tickets and find the platform.’

“Aye and grab a burger from McDonalds.’

“Trust you to think of your gob first.’

“We have got to ring Sergeant Connolly to tell him.’

“Yes I will do that now.’

“Mam can I use the phone again to ring Sergeant Connolly.’

“Here son said Roger’s mam as she brought the phone to his bedroom.

Roger dialled the number that the Sergeant had given him and waited.’

“Sergeant Connolly speaking, how can I help?’

“It’s me Roger Fox Sir, I am just ringing to tell you that Ronnie Harris, and I will be going down to Lympstone this Friday coming.’

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