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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Finbar laughed out loud; charm and charisma is it; what a load of shite you spew Michael.’

Aye well the load of shite that I’ve just spewed has got me a date tonight.’

“Bullshit.’

“It’s true I tell you.’

“You won’t be going anywhere near here tonight Michael; we are heading back on the first available flight at five o’clock.’

I thought that we were staying behind and following on?’

“Change of plan said McGill looking at Seamus.’

“That’s you screwed then said Finbar.’

Michael took a large drink from his pint then sat sulking.

“Soon as the first half finishes follow me to the bogs then we can separate to different parts of the ground and leave the rucksacks.’ “Place a flask in your pocket and as the first bomb goes off there will be wild panic throw the flasks into the crowds trying to escape. Then follow the crowds as the rest evacuate. We will be wearing the Newcastle team shirts so that we will blend in with the others. We will all meet back at the car park. If you are spotted run for it and get the bus back to Billy Lort’s apartment.’

We will drive straight to the airport without you and you will have to lie low until you get the all clear.’

I’m not coming back to Ireland Stephen said Seamus.’

“You will do as you’re feckin told the both of you. Have forgotten that we have your daughter?’

“You said that once this job was done that we could go.’

Sean McStiefain wants to see you.’ you should know that once you’re in the IRA there’s no turning back.’

 

“What about my wife and daughter?’

“We will take care of them don’t worry.’

Seamus sat back in shock he wasn’t expecting to go back with them and he now had to think of a contingency plan. He had to get away from them somehow; he thought for a while then it came to him.’

“I need the bog said Seamus; all this stress has got to me.’

“Finbar you go with him and make sure that he doesn’t do another runner.’

“I’m hardly likely to do a runner with my son sitting here Stephen.’

“Alright but if you’re not back in five minutes I’m sending Michael in after you.’ Christ it’s going to take me five minutes to get through the crowd.

“Fair comment Seamus, right then ten minutes.’

 Seamus forced his way through the crowd then disappeared around the corner.

He found a telephone on the wall and dialled the number and waited.

Ralph Mason answered but was finding it hard to hear what was being said because of the noise from the football fans.

Seamus repeated over and over St James is the target, “do you hear me Mr Mason the Newcastle United match is the target.’

Ralph was only making out the odd word and then the phone went dead.

On his notepad it read James, Newcastle, and target. He got onto the phone and called his boss Dennis Lord. “Hi Dennis we Have a situation; I’ve just had a call, Newcastle is the target.’

Any specifics asked Dennis.’

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