“Yes dad; and I would rather not talk about it if you don’t mind.’
“We can go down to the bay later if you want and have a pint.’
“Yes that would be nice or we could go to the club; I’m sure all of your friends will be in to see you I expect. News travels fast around here; you’re the local hero.’
Jimmy wore his dress uniform to go out to the club and he walked with his father and mother who were very proud of their son as his George medal hung from his chest.
People walking past all nodded or doffed their hats as they saw jimmy who was now six feet three inches tall and well muscled. He looked more like the light heavyweight boxer he was than a Royal Navy diver with his dark wavy hair and square jaw line. They reached the club and Sammy Johnson the doorman shook him by the hand. Nice to see you home Jim he said.’
They went up stairs to the concert room and Jimmy went to the bar and bought the drinks. Hazel Jackson the barmaid gave him the glad eye as she served him but jimmy just smiled. “So you’re a hero now Jimmy Bridgett said Hazel as she poured out two pints of beer.’
“I’m no hero Hazel; I was just doing my job.’
“What would that be then?’
“I’m a Royal Navy Diver.’
“Wow! That’s dangerous isn’t it?’
“It can be.’
“No wonders they gave you a medal. “ You wouldn’t get me to go on the sea bed for a pension.’
Jimmy picked up the tray and walked over to the table where his mother and father were sitting.’
“What was she after asked his mother?’
“She was just making small talk mother.’
“Aye, and I know why as well; she has always fancied you Jimmy; you know that.’
“Well she’s not my type mother so don’t worry.’
It was just after eight when his two school friends Keith Heads and Brian Tyson walked in. They were both working in the ship yard and ran up and shook Jimmy by the hand.
“Christ Jim you look like you’ve been carved out of granite what are they feeding you down at that base in Portsmouth?’
“They feed us well I must say.’
Jimmy was twice the size of both his friends but could they drink, no sooner was a pint in their hand when it was down their throats.’
“Another said Jimmy as he walked to the bar with both Brian and Keith in tow.
They must pay you well in there Jim said Brian as he paid them with a ten pound note.
“I haven’t been out in six months so I have a bit of back pay.’
“What the hell have you been doing for six months then?’
“Fighting for King and Country you nougat.’
“We don’t know you see; we work down in the ship yards repairing all the Navy boats that come in and the merchant ones as well.’
“You are doing your bit the same as all of us.’
“We aren’t putting our lives on the line though Jim; you are.’
“Let’s talk about something else; are you married then?’
“Us; never mate; we are not the marrying kind Brian and I are confirmed bachelors.’
“I mean we still you know go and have some fun but marriage just isn’t for us.’