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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“That would be the 19th of December wouldn’t it.’

“Yes, I can see my mate at the ground.’

Who would that be now?’

“John Allen; he works on security at the ground.’

“That’s good; so he can get us in good seats then can he?’

“Without a doubt; I get one in the Leezes End for every home game.

“Where do the away supporters go?’

“Up in the Gallowgate End, that’s where they will be.’

“Ask for an enlarged photo of the football ground as well so we can see where you stand.’ They headed to the second floor then went to the reception.

“Hi, I was wondering if you have any old maps of the city and one up to date one.’ “I’m studying the Geordie history you see and I’m trying to find out everything about the place.’ “If you just come with me I will help you find what you are looking for.’

“We have to take the lift said the young girl.’

The four men got into the lift after Shirley Smith pressed the button. She pressed for the fifth floor then they let Shirley lead the way. So where are you all from?

“Dublin Said Stephen; do you know Ireland at all?’

“No, I’ve never been but I’ve heard it’s a lovely place.’

“You must come and visit us; we always have a welcome for a pretty girl such as yourself.’

“Oh to be sure voiced the rest as the young librarian flushed.’

If you would like to wait I’ll get you the maps that you asked for.

Do you have a picture of the Newcastle United football ground as well we’ve heard so much about the place but never been inside it.’

“Oh now there’s something you are missing out on.’ just take a seat I’ll be back in a minute.

“Just putty in my hands said McGill.’

Five minutes later the young girl returned with four tubes. Each one was clearly marked with the date and the locations.

“Now this one dates back to the early 17th century and this one the 18th this on is the up to date one and here is a picture of St James’ park football ground.’

“Thank you Shirley you have been a great help.’

 Shirley left them and they opened the maps out onto the table.’

“Look here; there is underground tunnels.’

“Perfect just what we need.

“We do asked Billy confused.’


 “Don’t you go worrying yourself Billy, we won’t be asking you to go underground with us. “ You my lad will be waiting on the street where the tunnel comes out ready to drive away.’

“I see.’

“Now then drive us to St Anslems School.’

“It’s Saturday though.’

“Just do as I ask will you and ask that girl first if she can photocopy this map for you.’

They looked at the picture of the ground and Billy pointed out where he stood in the ground and where the away fans would be.’

Shirley happily made the photo copy then gave them a post card with the Newcastle ground on it.

“Thank you Shirley and don’t forget to get yourself to Dublin now.’

“I will one day.’

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