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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“Good lass, never start it’s a filthy habit.

“Billy was still none the wiser where the other targets might be. All he knew was that the bombs would be planted tonight or tomorrow and that it would kill a lot of people. “He had to stop them somehow.’

It had been him who had been sent to a mountaineering shop earlier that week to buy six Karimore rucksacks. The guy in the shop gave then a six pound discount which Michael O’Leary found hilarious. “Merry Christmas said the guy in the shop as they left.’

“Same to you.’ said Billy.’

They walked around Eldon Square the new indoor market place as people moved like a plaque of ants around from shop to shop trying to pick up a bargain. McGill scanned the whole area and there was several places where they could leave a bag and it wouldn’t be noticed.

“Come on lets get back; I’ve seen enough.’

Billy drove them back to the apartment he now knew where one of the targets was. the others he would find out later when Seamus arrived. The shops were all open until nine o’clock to give the people who finished work a chance to buy last minute gifts.

 

Saturday would be the 22nd of December and it was guaranteed to be absolutely chocker block with crowds. People would only have two days left and it would be the busiest day of the whole year. They had left the car in the NCP car park; they walked out of Eldon Square and up Northumberland Street to the Haymarket. The car park wasn’t far from there and they walked up the ramp to the first floor and found the car parked beside a lot of other cars. Billy and the rest got in after placing the rucksacks into the boot then drove down to the barrier and handed in the ticket which told them they had only been out fifty minutes. Billy Lort paid the attendant and the barrier was lifted to let them pass. We can leave the car here on tomorrow lunch time walk around the city like all the other shoppers and we won’t even be noticed. Then we can head towards the football stadium.’

“Are we going to watch the game asked Billy excitingly?’

“Aye we are Billy,’ “It will pass a few hours won’t it.’

“Nottingham Forest we’ve got; “it’s going to be a cracking game.’

Little did Billy know that he wouldn’t be going.

Billy drove them all back to the apartment where they ate lunch.

He had to get a message to Ralph Mason and tell him where the targets were going to be.

Brenda looked at herself in the full length mirror in the bathroom to see if there had been a miraculous change in her appearance over night; there wasn’t. She still looked the same as she did the day before. How Danny found her pretty she didn’t know. Her legs were her best asset they were long and shapely with playing hockey and netball at school. Sticking out her chest she hoped that her budding bosom had grown. She had spent the night doing her French homework and only had an English essay to do and some maths. Brenda filed and then painted her nails on her hands. She had packed her make up in her school bag. It was just after nine thirty in the morning when she heard them leave. Billy knocked on his bedroom door then went in.’

“They’ve gone to get your Da’ I have to get you safe come with me.’

Billy made a phone call and then told Ralph Mason where he thought the planned explosions may take place.

“Are you going to get this young girl out of here Mr Mason?’

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