The Troubles

"The Troubles " the story is set in Belfast and the North East in 1969.
Seamus Webster and his family flee the riots in Belfast and come to live on Barnstaple Road in North Shields - where he takes up work as a crane driver in Smith's Docks his wife Annie finds a job in the Co-op in Whitley Bay - Seamus is good at DIY and gets lots of work decorating or fitting out new kitchens for people. His father Michael is serving a very long sentence when he is implicated in a
bombing of an army base- his skills as a bomb maker have been passed down to his oldest son and Stephen Mcgill is on the look -out for him as a bombing campaign has begun on mainland Britain. Newcastle has been chosen as the target - can Seamus avoid getting mixed up in this. Read what happens in this tense thriller.

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The cell door in Maze Prison at was opened at 3 am in the morning and Michael Webster walked out. He was taken to a changing room where he put on his suit and given his belongings. As far as the other prisoners were concerned he was being transferred to an open prison. Michael had lost weight as he looked at his greyish coloured face in the mirror. In only 3 years, prison life had aged him dramatically.

Instead of getting into a prison van he was placed into a car waiting outside the prison gates. “Where are we going asked Michael?

“You’ll be told when you get there.’

Silently the car drove to the airport then he was put on a plane to Edinburgh.

He was met in the departure lounge by all of his family. His wife and family hugged him.

“Where are we going?’

“We are going to start a new life in Australia Da’ said Seamus.’

“Here is your new identity we are now called McCredie.’

Michael looked at the passport he was now called Gerald McCredie and his wife Margaret kept her own name. Fergus was now called Ian.

“What name have they given you then Seamus asked Fergus?

“James laughed Seamus.’

As with Seamus, his father was given a house big enough to accommodate him, his wife, and Fergus. The good thing was it was just over the road from where Seamus’ house was located.

The Webster’s boarded the private plane at 8.45 pm that evening and it took off at 9 o’clock as expected. The flight to Sydney Australia would take them over 24 hours. Then they had a drive to reach William’s town.

Seamus looked out of the window until all the houses disappeared from view. He and his family would never see Ireland again; they had to tell people that they were from Dublin if asked. It was going to be hard adjusting to a new country with a different culture with different names which they had to start using. Seamus said that as soon as the plane was on its way that they had to begin using the new names; there was no room for error.

 

 

Julia and Dennis Lord boarded a plane for Tenerife; they too were beginning a new life abroad. He had got his redundancy payment and they had paid £70.000 on a massive villa in Las Americas. For six months they were living the high life. They had parties with ex pats every night. One evening whilst driving home a car followed him around the sharp bends of road he thought nothing of it and it was only when the car speeded up that he realised that he was being pursued. The faster car pulled up along on his right then turned sharply into him. Instinctively Dennis swerved to avoid the collision and his jaguar flew off the road and over a steep cliff. The car hit the rocks sixty feet below and burst into flames. Tom Gully said to Colin McCluskey, “what was the last thing that Jesus said as the car hit the bottom of the cliff?’

“I bet it weren’t “father forgive them, they know not what they do” said McCluskey as they drove away.

 

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