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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open the passenger side door so that she could get in. Elsie Kelso was well impressed as she looked out of the window.

“So where are we going asked Helen.’

“I’ve booked us a table at the Waterford Arms in Blyth.’

“I’ve never been there before said Helen placated.’

“You will love it; they have a varied selection of food on the menu.’

“Is there anything that you won’t eat?’

“Yes, I’m afraid I’m a bit choosey when it comes to food.’

“I’m sure there will be something that will tempt your taste buds.’

Rob drove down through Earsdon Village then Seaton Delaval before taking the motorway to Blyth. The journey took some forty minutes but Rob pulled in at the car park and found a slot. The Waterford Arms overlooked the bay and in the distance they could see the power station. Rob held the door for her as they walked into the bar restaurant. Rob approached the waiter and told him that he’d made a booking.

“What name would that be sir said the waiter?’

Black, Robert Black.

The waiter checked the list then came across his name and escorted them to a table near the window looking out across the bay to the sea.

“Would you care fore a drink now before our meal Helen?’

“Yes, that would be nice; could I have a Martini please.’

“Sweet or dry?’

“Dry thanks’

“Two dry Martini’s please.’

“The waiter poured vermouth into a shaker with crushed ice; he added two green olives in each glass then poured after shaking the mixture.

Helen nodded her approval after tasting it.

Helen looked at the menu then looked at Robert and said that the Waterford arms platter looked nice and it was a meal that they could both share.

Rob agreed.

“We could have some hot homemade soup to start and a side order of chips for us both to share as well.’

“Sounds nice to me.’

 Rob called the waiter over then ordered the food.

“Would you like wine with your meal sir.’

“Yes, could we have a bottle of house white please?’

“Would that be sweet or dry sir?’

“Dry please.’

The restaurant was full and the sound of a piano played softly in the background which added to the ambiance of the place.

“Do you bring all your girls here Robert?’

“Only the nice ones Rob laughed.’ Actually this is only the second time for me; I came with some friends about eighteen months ago and liked it then, so here we are.’

The home made bacon and lentil soup was served with a homemade ale roll.

Helen used her knife and cut into the roll and spread some butter on it then cut it in half.

“Rob broke his in half then dipped it into the soup. “ My apologies, Helen but this is the way I’ve always eaten my soup.’

“Don’t apologise, to each their own I say.’

Rob smiled knowing he could relax and just enjoy his food.

“So Robert, where do you work?’

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