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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“Get the cheap; it was good enough the other night so we can drink it again. “ We can lob some in that big fridge freezer you have said Brenda.’

“I hate warm beer said Danny as they walked to the bus stop which would drop them all off.  “What time is it asked Brenda?’


“Well my mam will be in soon and I have to prepare dinner.’

“Do you do it every night?’

“No, not on a Sunday but I do help prepare the vegetables.’

“My mother does all the cooking in our house, when she can be bothered that is.’

“Don’t you help?’

“Sometimes, but mum likes to do it herself.’ My mother doesn’t work because my father is the commander of a cruise ship.’

You won’t see much of him then?’

“He’s working away about seven months of the year. “ He sends us post cards and money though.’

“Do you really know who your father is then?’

“I mean he’s always entertaining his friends when he comes home; we have these big parties and there’s music and lots of fun.

“Does your father not take you out; you know just you and him or go out as a family?’

“No dad, is always way too busy.’

“My Da’ takes us out on a Sunday after church; we usually go out for the day if my Da’ is not working.’ He works nearly every night after he finishes from the ship yard.’ “He paints and decorates or does other DIY Jobs.’ “He hands in all of his money that he earns to my mother who stores it away in a tin and if anyone needs anything then we take the tin down from the cupboard and see how much is there. Da’ is saving for both Liam and I to go to university.

“My dad puts money into my account at the bank; I have a five hundred pounds saved up now.’

The bus arrived and they all boarded it and went upstairs and sat down. The conductor followed soon after and took their fares. Brenda looked out and saw the clock on the church it was four thirty and that would give her enough time to get in and start the dinner.

She had prepared all of the vegetables and browned off the meat to make a beef stew so all that she had to do was heat up the oven and then in an hour and a half it would be ready.

The bus went past Hillhead’s Road and past the ice rink and the garage. It went around the roundabout past the Foxhunters pub then took the second left onto Barnstaple Road. Janice rang the bell and told the others that she would see them later on.

They waved from the window as she turned to walk down towards Malvern Road.

The bus carried on past the farm and then two stops later they all got off. There was a small grass verge and they walked over it and then into their path. Across the road was the large farmhouse in sandstone; there was stables and a barn at the back. Brenda liked horses and had asked her father if she could go and look after the ones at the farm. For mucking out the stables she would be allowed to ride one of the horses around the perimeter of the farm which was 500 acres.

Brenda took off her coat then washed her hands in the sink using some washing up liquid. She dried them off with a tee towel before lighting the oven with a large pack of Bryant matches that her mother kept on top of the grill hood.

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