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.


27. 27

The four men went down in the lift then slipped out of the main door.

They crossed the road by the city baths where they had parked the car and Stephen got in and waited for the rest.’

Now the caretaker of the school is bound to know about young Liam Webster and may know where the boy lives. If they ask we are his uncles come from Dublin to see his father. Billy Lort looked at his watch just as he heard the sound of a goal being scored. One almighty roar could be heard. “Newcastle has gone ahead.’

“How do you know that?’

“No one makes more noise at St James Park than the home fans.’

Billy turned on the radio and sure enough Newcastle was winning one nil with a headed goal from Wyn Davies.

 He listened to the commentary as he pulled away and even the lads in the back were getting excited and the match unfolded. They were twenty minutes into the second half when Bob Moncur made it two nil.

Billy Lort drove through Shields Road Byker with a big smile on his face. He turned left up Chillingham Road then onto the coast road. They drove down past the Flats called the Three Sisters and then the factories of Formica and Commercial Plastics.

They looked at what was once the old mill near the Cannon Pub then turned left and drove up towards the school. They looked for the caretaker’s house and had to ask a passer by if they knew where he lived.

“He lives over there pet said an old woman who pointed to a house across the road.’

They sent Billy Lort to the door whilst they sat in the car waiting. Billy knocked on the red painted door and waited. The sound of someone walking down the passage could be heard as Billy waited for an answer.

When the door was opened Billy spoke.

“Hello, are you the caretaker of the school over there?’

Yes I am; Colin Sarin at your service said the old man with a smile; the school is closed until Monday but I can show you around if you’d like.’

That’s fine but I’m trying to trace my brother Seamus Webster; his son Liam attends this school I believe?’

“Oh Liam the rugby player; nice lad, he always says good morning to me when he’s passing.’

So does he live nearby then?’

“Well not far for here; in fact it’s just up the road. I think its 26 or 28 Barnstaple Road. Come in a minute I’ll check for you; I’m sure the address was in the Chroinicle.’

Colin Sarin turned and walked back up the passage and Billy followed him.’

“What the hell is he doing said Michael O’Leary as he lit another cigarette?’

“Patience man said Stephen McGill; and open that window you’re choking me with that smoke.’

Michael wound down the window then flicked the cigarette out of the open window after taking a few draws from it then wound it back up again. Billy appeared at the doorway then waved at the man then crossed over the road.

“Got it he said as he fastened his seat belt. It’s up the road from here. The caretaker is a big rugby fan and goes to all the schools matches. He said he knows Liam; he’s kept all the cuttings from the news papers and it gave out his address. “It’s number 28 Barnstaple Road.’

Billy swung the car around then headed towards Barnstaple Road.

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