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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For the rest of the week Helen was getting more and more excited; she served each customer that came in with a big smile on her face. On Friday evening when the shop closed for business she took the bus home. Helen lived in Apple Tree Gardens in Walkerville in a bungalow. It had gardens to the front and rear where her father loved to grow peony roses. Her mother Elsie still worked on the deli counter in Presto’s. Elsie had worked there since leaving school and loved her job. Her father worked for Parsons as an engineer. They were a middle class family but they got on with everyone. Elsie never put on airs and graces although she was well spoken; not posh but she did not speak slang and neither did her daughter. Her mother had been an English teacher at Walker Jubilee high school her father had made his name as singer going around the club circuit of an evening where he had met Elsie Springer sitting in the audience. He plucked up the courage to ask her out and she accepted. Her mother was some five years older than her father but it never bothered them. They had six children together.

Helen miss-carried two girls who they named Jane and Isobel. She had three sons who went to work in the Battlehill Colliery during the early sixties just before the pit closed. Tom, the eldest married a girl from Barmston village in Washington; Patricia Hodge who introduced Michael to her younger sister Emily and they were married two years later. Andrew Kelso the youngest at eighteen went out to a club with his brothers one evening and it was there he met Mollie Durkin from Aberdeenshire who was visiting her aunt Sarah. It wasn’t long before Andrew popped the question and they married a year later. They all found houses in the small pit village in Barmston  where they all lived there were no grand children yet, even though Elsie longed to hold her first grandchild in her arms.

 

 

 

 Helen bathed then began to fix her hair and make up. She took out several dresses and tried them on but felt overdressed in them; she decided to wear a grey coloured skirt with a white blouse with light tanned tights and black heels.

She kept her make up as natural as possible and changed the colour of her lipstick she was wearing a pastel shade of pink which had a softer look instead of the harsh red which she was forced to wear for work. She sprayed a little Tresour’e perfume on her neck and on the inside of her wrists. The matching grey box jacket had padded shoulders and exaggerated her figure and long legs. She wore a set of cultured pearls that she’d been given from her Grandmother.   Her simple black leather strap held the citizen quarts watch that she wore.

There was the sound of the doorbell being rung and she knew that it was Robert.

Her Father went to the door and asked the smartly dressed young man to come in.

Hello I’m Harry Kelso; I’m Helen’s father.’

“Robert Black; the men shook hands then Harry introduced the young man to his wife.’

Elsie remarked how handsome he was then offered him a drink which he refused saying that he was driving.’

“That’s very sensible Robert.

Helen came out of her room and Robert couldn’t help remarking on how beautiful she looked.

Helen blushed slightly and then asked if he was ready to leave. Rob said goodbye to her parents then kindly opened the door for her then he walked to his car. He held 

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