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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“Are you going to the youth club tonight Bren.’

“I don’t know; I shouldn’t think so “I may be babysitting for the Hunters at number 26.’ You can come and keep me company if you’ve got nothing else to do.’

“Once I get little Steven to sleep we can finish our homework and we will have the whole weekend to do what ever we like.’ They crossed the road which led onto Whitehouse Lane then onto Barnstaple road.

“What time are you babysitting tonight then?’

“I have to be there for about seven so they can get off.’

“I’ll be around at 7.30 pm then; “I nick a bottle of my mothers wine for us to drink.’

“That’ll be nice.’

“I’ll see you later then.’ Janice lived further down towards Jackson’s farm on Malvern Road.

Brenda turned the key in the door and went inside she hung up her satchel and her coat on the rail then went into the kitchen where she was met by a pile of dirty dishes in the sink. Brenda ran the hot tap then added some washing up liquid and set about cleaning the dishes that had been left since breakfast. Her mother Annie Webster would be in at six o’clock. She worked on the checkout at the Co-op store in Whitley bay. She was only over the road from the bus station so it was easy enough to take a bus back home.

She put on a pan of boiled potatoes that she had peeled after washing the dishes.

She then turned on the oven and took out the tray and placed some sausages upon it.

Then she peeled a large onion without it stinging her eyes and chopped it up then put them into a frying pan with some melted butter to soften. Then she cut into a large white cabbage and cut that into pieces and placed that onto the back gas ring with some salted water. Now all she had to do was make some gravy. The oven was now hot enough and she placed the sausages in as Liam came rolling in. He dumped his coat and his haversack onto the chair in the living room then looked in the fridge to see if there was any pop to drink. There wasn’t, only some fresh orange juice so he poured himself a glass and took a quick swig.

“You’ll be putting you coat and bag away before our mammy comes home.’

“I’ll do it in a minute sis, I’ve just come in.’

“Do it now because you know what mammy is like if the place is a mess.’

Liam threw himself on the sofa after turning on the redifusion television set.

He lay there watching an episode of Follyfoot Starring Gillian Blake who he had a massive crush on. Liam had only been at the school a few months the same as Brenda and he found himself at the attention of many girls who were all wanting to go out with him. They loved his Irish blarney as well as his handsome looks.

Liam stood six feet two inches tall he had a muscular frame having played rugby for The Catholic School in Ireland. He was immediately signed up for the team by Gerry Junghan the sports and recreation teacher at St Anselm’s. He was a forward; big and strong and he struck fear into the opposition when he had the ball in his huge hands.

 The school team hadn’t lost a game since he had joined them; they felt invincible with him on side.

“Where are you going tonight then?’

“Danny Fawcett and I are going down to the Zone 22 near the ice rink.’

“Does dad know where you are going?’

“What’s wrong in going to a disco like?’

“Aye and I know what you are like; you’ll be drinking before you get there so you will.’

Don’t you be sayin’ anything to me Da’ or else.’

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