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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It was over an hour and a half later when they both dressed and came back down stairs.

“Thank you Janice said Brenda to her friend.’

“I take it you are no longer a virgin then?’ well tell me is it all that it’s cracked up to be?’

“Better said Brenda as she looked at Danny and smiled.’

“Wow,’ if it is that good then I cannot wait to try it out.’

“Did you tidy up afterwards?’

“Yes we have Jan.’

“Good Just in case my mother wonders in there; I wouldn’t want her to find something she shouldn’t if you know what I mean.’

“Here give me those glasses and I will wash them out before my mother comes in.’

Danny reached over and grabbed a handful of peanuts and began to eat them as the news finished and Jimmy Hill introduced match of the day.

Luckily for Danny that both Janice and Brenda liked to watch football. They got to see the local derby match between Newcastle United and Sunderland.

Once the game was over Danny said that he had to go for the bus. Brenda saw him to the door where they kissed again and agreed to meet at lunchtime the next day.

Brenda watched as he crossed the road to the bus stop. He turned and waved. She waved back then closed the door.




The turns had gone down well in the club and Billy Lort went to collect his money.

He had collected his gear and put it into the boot of the car.

Stephen McGill said that he would be in touch with him later in the week.

“Don’t be doing anything stupid now would you.’

Seamus took his wife’s hand and they made for the door.’

“Here said McGill as he gave Seamus a fiver towards the taxi fare.’

They didn’t have long to wait as a lot of taxi’s were waiting outside knowing that they would get a fare from someone. They walked to the second taxi along that was empty and got into the back. Liam got into the front seat; he’d sat in virtual silence all night.’

“Where is it yer gannin’ Kidda?’

“Can you take us to Barnstaple Road New York Estate please?’

“Off the beaten track aren’t you; what’s wrong with the club in New York?’

“A friend of mine was singing here tonight and it’s been a while since I saw him so we agreed to come here.’

“He must be good to come all this way.’

“Yes he is.’

“What’s his name said the taxi driver who was wearing a woollen hat with a pom, pom on it and fingerless gloves like what Fagin was wearing in “Oliver Twist”

“Billy Lort.’

“That’s the guy off “New faces isn’t it?’

“Aye that’s right.’

“You can feel a nip in the air tonight; I think we’re gonna get some snow before the weeks’ oot.’

“You think so said Annie.’

“It’s what they are sayin on the radio hinny.’ I would wrap up warm for work if I were you.’

“Well I work in a shop but my husband works on the cranes in Smiths dock all day.’

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