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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“No, I couldn’t make out what he was saying there was some noisy football fans in a pub I think stopping me from hearing what he was saying.

Right get yourself into the town centre with the team I will get a helicopter in the air and see if we can spot them from above. Search anywhere you think could be a possible target.’ I will ring Northumbria police and get a swat team up there.

Dennis Lord rang another number and waited. When it answered he said the mission has been compromised, “I repeat the mission has been compromised.’ The target isn’t known as yet.’

The voice on the other end didn’t answer it just hung up.’

Sean McStiefain banged the table in front of him and cursed Stephen McGill for his incompetence. The only good thing in their favour was they didn’t know the target.

They might have a chance yet.


McGill waited until Seamus returned then they all got up except Finbar who told then he had to go to the heads. He waited until Seamus and Liam were out of the door then took out the flask and another folded rucksack from the one carrying the device and placed the flask inside. Finbar slid the other rucksack behind the long seat of the pub out of sight. He then went to the toilet and emptied his bladder before taking the other rucksack with the flask with him. Placing it on his back, it looked a slightly different colour to the one he’d left behind but he hoped Seamus would not notice. He caught up with the others as they waited over the road. They walked down Northumberland Street past Barclays bank and Marks and Spencer’s weaving their way through the huge crowds of people up towards Boots the Chemist’s in Eldon Square. Looking around Seamus saw an opportunity and he placed his rucksack neatly into a rubbish bin and walked away.

It was now just after 2 pm and they walked up towards top shop then turned right. It would take them down the escalator and back to the bottom of the Haymarket.

Many fans were now making their way to the ground and Seamus and the others followed them.

By the time they reached the Strawberry pub it was twenty minutes to three.

Don’t cross yet said Stephen let’s go in here and have another pint. Then we will get through no bother. The sound coming from the crowds inside the ground was booming and there was still a steady stream of supporters going in. police on horseback patrolled the streets as well as officers on the ground.’

“Cutting it fine aren’t you lads there’s only fifteen minutes to the kick off said the bar tender.’

“You’ll not miss the start if you hurry up.’

The barman pulled the pints then took payment each of them sat near the window looking out. Slowly the crowds thinned out.’ The lads all sipped on their beer as they waited until five minutes to three. The sound got even louder as the fans saw the players coming out of the tunnel. Newcastle united came first led by Iam Mcfaul, Frank Clark, Big John McNamee, Bobby Moncur (Captain) Wyn Davies, Alan Foggon, John Tudor, Jinky Jim Smith, Jimmy Green, Terry Hibbit, and Pop Robson.   Joe Harvey the manager followed behind and took his seat. James McCaffery led out the Nottingham forest side, Peter Grommitt (Captain) John Bramwell, Terry Hennessey, Henry Newton, Alan Hill, David Hollings, John Brindley, Ray Bridgett, Bob Chapman, and Colin Hall followed by their manager Matt Gillies. 

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