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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It was neatly held together with tomato ties then snipped of neatly at each end. He had the radio control hidden neatly in his pocket. He smiled to himself as he screwed the oil tank shield back in place then lowered the Jack.’

The bus pulled in as Seamus placed his tools into the metal box and Annie got off.

She ran to him and asked if Brenda was back at home.

“No love they still have her.’

“Bastards spat Annie who was still in her overall from work. Seamus had asked her to go in as normal because there was little she could do moping around the house.

“Don’t worry love, I will get our daughter back.’ he kissed her then they both walked back into the house.

“All done asked McGill and Seamus nodded. 

“Right let’s go he said to Finbar and Michael.’ They carried the bags sacks out to the car and they were placed tightly into the boot so that they wouldn’t move around.

Seamus said goodbye to his wife and told her that he wouldn’t be long.

Little did he know what plans McGill had for him and his family?’

“The IRA was not very forgiving on anyone who tried to leave the cause. Once you were in that was it?’

 Seamus and his son got into the back seat of the Cortina with Finbar.

Michael drove the car this time and took it real steady as they travelled up the Coast Road avoiding any bumps or pot holes in the road. It was now twenty five minutes past twelve.


Several coaches were travelling down from Nottingham with away fans to watch the match. Fathers and sons, friends and even some old pensioners who had followed their team through the good as well as the bad times sat on the coach.

Manager Matt Gillies led his team in another luxury coach up the motorway towards Newcastle City Centre. The mood on board all the coaches was buzzing with excitement as usual for the season ticket holders who paid out the £30 pounds for the year then bought tickets for the away games as well. Chanting away the fans drank beer on board all the way to the football ground.

Also driving down to the match that afternoon was Peter Carrington MP. He was the defence secretary under Edward Heaths Conservative Government, 6th Baron of Upton in Nottinghamshire. Second lieutenant Peter Carrington resigned from the army in 1948 winning the military cross under Winston Churchill who was the then leader. He then went into politics and soon rose through the ranks. He liked to follow his team whenever possible and because today was an FA quarter final match he wanted to be there. The black limousine drove silently past the coaches unnoticed. He would be met by the Manager of the club Joe Harvey who was a former player. He would have a special seat in the director’s box where he could see all the action on the field.

Other fans were making their way down to the ground by train. Over 5.000 tickets had been allocated for the away fans. Many would pay the touts for tickets to get in.

The younger Newcastle United fans climbed into the ground over two high walls near the Leases end as they did on every home game.


Parking the car in the NCP car park the men made their way to the Hotspur a local pub that served real ales and kept a good pint of Guinness. Carrying the rucksacks Stephen McGill found a table in the far corner of the bar. He handed the rucksack that he was carrying to Finbar Kelly, Who placed it carefully onto the floor Liam and his father sat down as Stephen was being served at the bar. 

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