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.


18. 18

“You were both Magnificent.’

“I’ve never really been into rugby said Jan but I’m a fan now.’

Parents came over to congratulate the team and it was Danny that they were patting on the back.

How long have you been playing Rugby asked someone in the crowd?’

“Well this was my first game to be honest. I brought my boots because Liam asked me to or I wouldn’t have played.

You both have a great chance to play for the county after this performance. Do you think so said Brenda.

Well I’m on the board of selectors so I will certainly make a recommendation.

I’m Harold Jones; I played for Wales a couple of times.’

“Yes I remember you said Liam; you scored against the all blacks didn’t you.’

“Yes, I did and once or twice against England and Ireland as well.’

You were a fly weren’t you?’

Yes but I can honestly say that Danny ere is the fastest fly half I’ve ever seen or played against.’

“Thank you said Danny with a big smile on his face.’

“We will be keeping a close watch on you three.


“Yes, your goal kicker is a bit special too.’

The lads all went through into the sports hall after taking off their boots and cleaning them. They all hit the showers and it was Danny again who got all the attention as the rest of the lads stood in awe as they gazed at his appendage. Before long he was the talk of the whole school and they nick named him “Horse Fawcett.’

Girls came flocking around him but Danny just kept himself to himself.

Friday night at the Zone was where the two lads came into their own and it wasn’t long before word got around about Danny’s inside leg measurement. Both lads got their photos in the local papers and it was there that Colin McCluskey recognised Liam and reported back to Stephen McGill.

“Does it give out his address Stephen said over the phone?’

No, but it says here that he goes to St Anslems School it will be easy to find the address I’m sure.’

“We will go to the school and pose as rugby scouts to get his address. I will be on the first plane out tomorrow.’


Liam and Danny took the girls to the Silver City Cafe on the Whitley bay coast up and down stairs there were seats and at the back of the café                                              there was an arcade.

They ordered frothy coffee. They sat down together and began to sip from the clear glass cups and saucers.

They were larger than your standard sized cup and it tasted nice. The sugar was placed into a large glass bottle with a steel funnel at the top. “You’re meant to pour the sugar onto a spoon then tip it into your cup you know said Brenda,’ but Danny just poured the sugar directly into the cup then stirred.

Right then where are we going tonight?’

“Is there anywhere that you fancy going tonight?’

“Well my mam will be going out tonight so I will be in the house alone.’

“What about the flicks; does anyone fancy going?’

“Depends what’s on doesn’t it.

Danny went to the counter and asked if they had an Evening Chronicle.

“You can borrow mine love said Denise Ellerby who worked in the café.’

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