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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stripe. Seamus came out in bare feet walked back into the bedroom and closed the door he took out a clean pair of black socks and sat on the edge of the bed putting them on. Annie was now ready; Seamus took out his black shoes then tied the laces. He put on his jacket then waited for Annie. They came down stairs followed closely by Finbar.

“What about the girl asked Michael?’

“Leave her here she wont do anything whilst we have her parents and brother with us.’

“Call a taxi because we wont fit everyone in one car; Michael you go with them and Liam can come with us.’

Annie picked up the phoned up a taxi firm that she used regularly.

“They’ll be here in two minutes she said as she put down the phone.

“Put you Jacket on son its cold out there.’

Liam went to the coat hanger and took off his black Harrington jacket with red tartan inside and put it on. The door was opened and the men walked out. Liam was put into the car behind the taxi then they sped off towards the Heaton Meadow field Social Club.

The car with Billy at the wheel drove to his apartment to pick up his gear then onto the club.

The steward signed them all into the club and they went to the bar and ordered drinks.

They found seats down the front in a corner out of the way.

Then Seamus asked what the job was.’

“I need you to fix up the equipment we are going to use; it’s specialised and I know your father passed on his skills.’


“How do I know that you will leave us alone once this job is done?’ Seamus picked up a pint of Guinness and took a sip. Billy Lort meanwhile was setting up his sound equipment. He kept on looking over periodically at Seamus as Stephen McGill smiled and the replied. “You don’t; you will just have to trust us. Once the job is done we will slip silently back to Ireland as if nothing has happened. No one is looking for us so I can take a flight back to Belfast later that afternoon. By the time the devices go off I will be flying home. “Michael and Finbar, will all follow when the dust settles.’

“They are not staying in my house; I tell you now.’

“Don’t panic; they will be staying at Billy’s apartment.’

“Apartment is it; they called them flats as I remember in my day.’


The club began to fill up and the main event a rock group called “Iron Spelk brought in their gear. Billy had performed on stage with them before and knew them all well.

He shook hands with Ron Lee and told them that they were welcome to use his sound gear to save them time. They did bring on some gear but not near as much that was in the van outside. Ron asked Billy if he’d played here before.

Yes; by ten o’clock they’ll all be half cut so anything you play will go down well with them. Billy left them to get ready for his spot. Billy’s first song was “Wide eyed and Legless” by Andy Fair-Weather Lowe.



Janice Porterfield sat waiting she looked at the clock and it was gone seven forty five; she thought the lads would have been here before now.

Her mother left at seven thirty; dolled up to the nines in a taxi.

Janice waited until the taxi pulled away before ringing Brenda.’

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