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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“No sir,

“Well keep an eye on those cameras if any of them make a move I want to know about it okay.’ “Don’t make any plans tonight; I want you to come with me to Howdon Social Club.

“Yes sir.’

“I need you to watch my back whilst I talk with Billy Lort back stage. If any of those Mick’s make a move I want you to be ready do you understand?’

Yes Sir, what time will be leaving?’

“Be out the front at 6.30 pm.’

Black excused himself and went back to his office.’

Ralph picked up the phone and rang Dennis Lord to tell him of his plans to speak with Billy Lort that evening.







Dennis Lord had a bit of a sketchy past; he started out as a redcap in the British Army escorting soldiers who had gone AWOL. Dennis knew that the vast majority of soldiers who went missing were because of a wife or girlfriend’s infidelity. Someone would tip them off and they would go out of the barracks then not return; off they would go in pursuit of who had slept with their partners. Dennis was called in to go and arrest the soldier in question. Dennis had the senior rank and another redcap would go with him to the parent’s house of the missing soldier first. Of course they would say that their son wasn’t there. Dennis would tell them that they would be leaving at 7pm on the Sunday evening and to make sure he was in uniform and ready to be escorted back to the barracks if not he would be on a more serious charge.

Dennis had found out that Neil Armstrong known as (Arma) to his friends was on the look out for his wife Margaret. She had been knocking around with Alan Dickson a local lad. She assumed because her husband was away in Catterick Camp that he wouldn’t find out about the affair that she was conducting behind his back. But she was seen by Arma’s sister Moira one evening coming out of the Turks Head in Tynemouth. They were arm in arm and she was slightly drunk. They were both laughing and giggling as they crossed the road and went up a back lane.

Moira followed them and she saw Dickson with his hand inside of her sister in laws knickers.

“She walked away’ took a bus home then wrote a letter to her brother telling him of what she had seen.

Arma swore that he would kill them both when he got his hands on them. He hitched a ride from a motorway café after leaving the barracks; telling the driver of a lorry that his wife was pregnant and that he wanted to get home to be with her.

The man introduced himself as Ronnie Rowe he was from Birtley in County Durham.

They chatted all the way and Ronnie dropped him off right outside his sister’s house.

She lived in Knots’ Flats near the fish quay in North Shields. Arma thanked Ronnie before running up a fight of stairs to the second floor of the flats.

It was 1.45am in the morning and it was quiet. No one had seen him as he lifted the mat at the door and found the key.

He let himself in then put his kit bag in the passage.

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