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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“I will continue to pay the girls school fees until they leave school.’ “We took out a trust from her father to cover the university fees.’

“Where are you staying?’

“I’m staying at the Europa Hotel on the Coast Road.’

“Allan I want you to come and live with me; I love you, you I know that. “ I can make you happy if you will let me.’

“I don’t know Dorothy don’t you think it’s a bit soon to be doing that.’

“No I don’t; you have made the break from Angela so there is nothing stopping you. “ “It will save you a lot of money in hotel bills.’ “I will cook for you if you come tonight. “ Bring your things over after you’ve been to see your solicitor.’

“Alright then we will give this a go and see how things work out.’

The burger arrived and Dorothy cut it in half for them and they shared it.

“Are you sure you want to do this Dorothy?’

“I’ve never been so sure about anything apart from this in my whole life.’

Allan leaned forward and kissed her unashamedly.

“I will tell them all in the staff room this afternoon before Sylvia opens her big mouth.’

“I was surprised that she kept it quiet so long.’

“If we play this right we won’t have to move schools. We will go and see Brian first and explain the position.’ “We will tell him we will remain totally professional and do our jobs.’

They left the pub hand in hand and walked up the road to the school. Ready to face whatever lay ahead.


Liam sat in the classroom with Daniel Fawcett doing his history assignment.

They were doing the Treaty of Versailles as part of his A level.

 Simon Wilkinson took the lesson and everything seemed fine until Ann Coxon made a comment to Isobel Beattie and then all hell broke out They were going at it with fists and feet as the chairs and tables went over. Simon tried to pull them apart and Ann Coxon had Isobel by the hair and wouldn’t let go.

“Coxon! Shouted the teacher. “Let go of her this minute or you will be on detention for a week.’

Coxon relented and let go of Beattie’s hair. She had pulled out a huge clump of it and she discarded it from her fingers onto the classroom floor.

“Now what was that all about?’

“Nothing sir said Isobel.’

“Well Coxon come on spit it out.’

 “She’s a lesser sir.’

“A what?’

“Someone shouted from behind.’ She means a lesbian sir.’

“Right come with me both of you.’

They walked along the corridor as Mr Wilkinson went to Miss Grant’s class.’

“Wait here and if you start fighting again you are going to be expelled do I make myself clear Coxon?’

“Yes sir.’

 Mr Wilkinson went into the classroom then whispered something in the ear of science teacher and she then came out and asked them to follow her to the headmaster’s room. She went into the office and spoke briefly to Mr Beanie; then afterwards he came out and called Ann Coxon into his office.

“Isobel please come with me.’

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