Norman lit the tea light and left a burning cigarette which would look like she had caused the fire herself as they found a packet of her cigarettes with her finger prints on them and left them so the police and fire investigation people could find them. They let it burning on the breakfast bar as they locked the Conservatory door, climbed over the wall and back into the cars that were parked two streets away.
They sat in their cars with the windows open whilst Norman smoked a cigar.
Twenty minutes later there was a huge explosion and they drove slowly past to see the house completely destroyed.
By the time the fire engines arrived there was little left to save. It looked like a bombsite.’
Booby turned to Norman and smiled as they drove back to North Shields to his Sister’s house, knowing that Lucy Jackson would have a lot of explaining to do to the police.
On the Thursday morning, Bobby helped Maggie dismantle the washer, cooker, and move the fridge so that she could clean behind it. Then all the food was taken down to the new house along with her bedding. Bobby also went to the bank that morning and deposited a large quantity of cash. Everything else was left in the house. They all got ready and Bobby drove down to pick Martine up.
She wore a simple black dress, court shoes, and a black over coat. She took her umbrella with her as it looked overcast outside.
“Are you alright Bobby asked Martine?’
“Yes I’m fine.’
There have been a few tears as you would expect but she will be okay.’
On the way back Bobby rang his suppliers to make sure that everything had been delivered as he had ordered. The club told him that there was tons of food.
“Good set out as many tables as you can and fill the tables with it. Any left can be given away later. Has the beer and spirits arrived?’
Yes, that has arrived as well said Billy Latimer the club chairman. Don’t worry Bobby everything will be sorted for when you get here.’
Thanks’ Bill, see you soon.’
Bye for now said Billy.
Bobby hung up as he reached the house a few of the neighbours had come and were talking in the living room as Bobby and Martine entered.
He looked at his watch and it was quarter to one. Maggie looked very solemn she too was all in black but wore a hat with a black veil.
They are here said Steve as the hearse and two cars pulled up outside.
Bobby led Martine outside as other neighbours came out to pay respect.
Bobby couldn’t see his mother in the first car. She sat with Frankie Dillon and his Aunt Mildred and Uncle Sam. Judith Corbin was in the second car other relatives