“I will get a taxi to John’s first then go and pick Simon up.’
“Can you call me a taxi Maggie?’
“I will ring you Central Taxi’s they are quick and cheap too.’
“Here is a spare key for the front door so you can let yourself in Bobby just in case it is going to be a long night. I guess you have a lot of catching up to do.’
Maggie dialled the number then asked when Bobby wanted the taxi for.
Make it for eight o’clock Maggie; I have to clean my teeth. I love steak but it gets stuck in my teeth.
There’s toothpaste in the bathroom cabinet Bobby.’
Bobby came out of his room with an electric toothbrush and some floss.’ He gave his teeth a thorough cleaning and flossing before combing his hair and then put on his jacket and went out to the taxi that was waiting outside for him.’
“Where are you going mate?’
“Eighty two Baulkwell Avenue then onto Edwards Road Whitley Bay please.’
Bobby got in the front seat and the car took off at speed then stopped at the junction then turned right and headed down towards the round about at Chirton then along past the old Esso garage and the Club on the left the shops had changed some what as he remembered and Capaldi’s Café was now a Chinese restaurant.
The taxi turned up Burt Avenue then drove up to the Baulkwell.
“Do you think me stupid Bobby asked the driver?’
“What do you mean; the scenic route was nice of you mate, but you could have taken a quicker route.” That would have saved your time and your petrol.’ Now I was brought up here so don’t pull the funny stuff again do you hear me.’
Bobby got out and told the driver to wait.’
Bobby knocked on the door then waited.
John Collingwood stood at the door for a moment looking at Bobby and then the realisation hit him. “Bobby Wray, come in.’
“Look mate we are going out; go grab your coat.’ We are picking Simon up so can you call him and tell him to be ready but don’t tell him why.’
He is going to crap himself when he see’s you Bobby; You are head and shoulders bigger than him now and he was always taller than you.’ in fact I was as well what happened.’
He called for his wife Sally and introduced Bobby to her.
“You didn’t tell me you had a mate as good looking as him John said Sally.’
He had two boys who came down stairs to say hello. This is Robert; but he gets Bobby and that is Simon.’
Great stuff said Bobby as he rolled off two ten pound notes from his wallet and gave them one each.
This is my best friend lads he’s called Bobby Wray. “Bobby you are named after him.’
“Are you a cowboy?’
“No but I like cowboy music replied Bobby.’
“Do you like the Petshop boys, and Spandau Ballet?’
“Yes, I do listen to other kinds of music on my travels; that Boy George is something isn’t he.’ Dresses real weird but has a good voice.’
“See dad Bobby isn’t like you he isn’t stuck in a sixties time warp.’
“I’ve got to go Sally, I have my key.’
“See you later and not too much to drink love.’
Bobby jumped into the front and the taxi driver pulled away and this time he drove straight up then drove towards Billy Mill then up towards Thomas Moore School.