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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“Thank you Neil, I love you so much.’

Neil went to the bathroom washed the grease from his face then put on his uniform. He then kissed his sister and was gone as quickly as he had come. He called in at his mothers who told him the Redcaps were looking for him before heading to the station and taking a train back to Catterick Camp.’

He reported straight to his CO who placed him on a charge.’

 Major Desmond Richards stressed that he had wasted army time because they had to send someone out to find him.’

“I’m very sorry sir but my sister was very ill, I had to see her.’

“I understand your concern Armstrong but you should have come to me first.’

Yes sir, I realise that now; I wasn’t thinking straight.’

“Alright dismissed; you will have to face these charges though but under the circumstances you have no previous blemishes on your record so you may just get your hand slapped.

“Carry on.’

Arma saluted then turned and marched out of the CO’s office.




Margaret Armstrong was awoken by the sound of banging on the door she got out of bed then turned on the light and put on her dressing gown and went to the door. There stood the two Redcaps.

Dennis Lord spoke first.’

“Is your husband home Mrs Armstrong, we have come to take him back.’

“No he isn’t he’s away.’

“Could we come in and check?’

“Please you’re Bessie, but I tell you he isn’t here.’ Moira went to her bedroom as the Redcaps searched the house. Moira saw the blood stained handkerchief and her heart began to race and the blood drained from her face as she looked down on the teeth inside the hanky.

She picked it up and put it into her pocket and sat on the edge of the bed as the two Redcaps came in and looked around the room.

“Told you he wasn’t here didn’t I.’

“Seems you are right this time madam; “if your husband does return please ring the local police station would you.’

When the men left Moira put her head in her hands and sobbed. She knew her husband had been to the house and what he had done.

“She couldn’t bring herself to go around seeing Allan Dickson, knowing what her husband had done to him.’ She had to end this affair; picking up the phone she dialled the number Allan had given her.


The room was spinning and Allan Dickson felt physically sick as he came around from the blackness. He wasn’t aware of the severity of his injuries until he went to the bathroom and saw himself in the mirror. It was then that he vomited into the toilet. His face looked like a busted football. There was lumps and bumps all over it. Both eyes would need stitches and so would the inside of his mouth. He washed the blood from his face in the sink and swilled out the congealed blood from his mouth. He would certainly have to visit a dentist. All he had left were the four wisdom teeth at the back of his mouth; He would need a set of dentures; He was only twenty seven 

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