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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“Brenda heard Danny ask what was on.’

“Tell him I’m going.’

“Look Jan and Brenda are going and my sister cannot go if I don’t go; so will you come?’

“Alright I’ll see you there at 7 pm.’

 “Good man; bring a couple of cans with you.’

“See what I can do.’

Right I’ll see you in an hour then.’ Liam put down the phone then went back to his room.’

“Well is he going or not?’

“Yes he’s going; don’t get you’re knickers’ in a twist.’

Brenda smiled then went to her room to change. The weather outside looked foggy and damp so he put on his patch work jumper, a pair of wranglers, and his burgundy loafers.

He splashed his face with cold water; then cleaned his teeth then sprayed himself with brut deodorant and applied a little aftershave to his chin.

He put on his watch which told him it was quarter past six. He combed his hair in the mirror then put on his Harrington jacket.

“Are you ready Brenda he shouted as he came down the stairs?’

“Here said his father as he gave him a pound; “get you and your sister a bottle of coke. And give Father Flynn something for the collection.

“Thanks Da’

 Brenda came down stairs in a pair of jeans and a red checked Ben Sherman short sleeved shirt. He looked at her as she put on her coat then slipped on her monkey boots and tied the yellow laces.

“See you later mam said Brenda as Liam walked down the path then out of the gate.

Liam Looked around to see if anyone was following then but there was no signs of anyone. They walked down to what looked like a large hall with a portacabin at the back. They paid the entrance fee of a shilling each and went inside.

The hall was set up with a dart board, table tennis table, a mini table football game, and a café area where you could buy drinks and snacks. There was music being played on an old reel to reel tape deck as Liam and Brenda walked in. they looked around the room to see if Danny and Jan were here. Jan came over and said hello to both Brenda and Liam.’

“Where’s Danny asked Brenda?’

“Don’t fret, said Liam, he’ll be here soon enough.’

Jan had kept a table for them to sit around and Liam went to the counter at the café and bought three cokes. He brought them back then sat down as Father David Flynn walked around the hall asking everyone if they were all enjoying themselves.

“Thank you Father replied Brenda.’

The children who frequented the club were all Catholics and they attended the same school so everyone knew everybody.’

Father Flynn was helped out by Mrs Cummings one of the church members who gave up her free time to help out three times a week. The youth club was set up to keep the kids off the streets and out of trouble. Occasionally the odd fight would break out but it was immediately stopped by Mr Andrew Humble and Mr John Lancaster who also helped out a few nights a week. John Lancaster ran the boy scouts group on a Wednesday and ran trips from the school to the Lake District in the summer months.

They put on a gang show in the school hall at Christmas which was well received.

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