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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He’d lived here almost twenty years in Newcastle. His involvement with the IRA started as a seventeen year old. He was told that he could go to live in Newcastle so that he could further his musical career but he may be called upon to carry out important duties at any time and that he had to be ready when asked.

Now 37 years old Billy had forgotten all about The IRA until the phone went and a familiar voice spoke to him. Billy knew better not to argue with these men and just agreed to meet them at the airport where he would receive further instructions.

“How you been going on then Billy.’

“Well I have cut a few discs over the years and I appeared on “New faces” that got me a lot of work around the club circuit.’

Good for you Billy so you are making a good living from singing then?’

“Well it pays the bills if you know what I mean. “ I have a gig tonight if you want to come along.’

“It would be a pleasure; you can show us around the town so to speak.’

“Yeah I can do that.’

Lets do that now; I need the lay out so our friends here can build a picture of the place.

“What about the city library I can take you there.’

“Great idea Billy, “you can go in and ask as you have lost your Irish twang and now speak with a Geordie accent.’ “Tell them that you’re studying the history of town, at Newcastle University and you are looking to see some maps.’

Billy drove the four men through the city centre until he found a parking space near to the library.” It seems pretty busy today doesn’t it?’

“Aye; it gets packed up here on match day; plus we have all the Christmas shoppers coming out.’ Stephen McGill looked at the others and you could see their minds ticking over.

Michael O’Leary asked if they got many supporters travelling to the matches. “There will be over 45.000 people here today; it’s the derby game between the Geordies and the Macem’s.

“Who are these Macem’s?’

“Oh I forgot to explain; Macem’s are the name used for the Sunderland people; there has been rivalry between the Newcastle and Sunderland football teams for years. Sunderland is over on the other side of the River Tyne.’

“I see but on a normal match day how many would you expect to be there?’

“Around 40.000.’

“As many as that said Finbar Kelly?’

“Oh Aye, the Geordies live for their football and beer of course.’

“Really said McGill with a grin.’

“Aye I would have been at the game this afternoon if you hadn’t of rang.’

“So you’re an adopted Geordie are you Billy?’

 “Kind of aye.’

“You must take us to a game next week.’

“That won’t be possible.’

“Why not?’

“They are away to Liverpool next Saturday.’

“I see said Michael O’Leary; so what about the week after?’

“We play Nottingham Forest in the FA cup fourth round so it’s another big game will a full house expected.

“Will we get tickets Billy; I mean we all would like to see Newcastle play before we go back home.’

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