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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Right let’s go said McGill as the crossed the road and went to the turnstiles.

“What you got in the bags lads said the old man on the gate as McGill handed him all the tickets.’

“They’re just sandwiches and flasks of tea each.’

“Go on then get yourselves in.’

They slipped through the turnstiles and made their way to the Leases End that they had seen on the post card in the library. Billy Lort would be annoyed because he’d had to stay behind to look after Brenda. They stood as it was announced that Baron Peter Carrington MP the defence secretary was present.’

Stephen McGill turned towards Finbar Kelly and Michael O’Leary and told them to place the bombs as close to Carrington as possible. If they could take him out then that would be a massive bonus. Security would be tight he knew but with the match going on it would be a distraction.

The referee Paul Durkin tossed a coin and Newcastle won the toss and elected to kick towards the Leases End where their home fans were situated.

A roar went up as Bobby Moncur got the game under way.

McGill was looking around the ground most of the police were situated on the pitch itself. He knew that Peter Carrington would have his own security force under cover around him but there would be two, maybe three protecting him if he was lucky. He saw the pathways through the isles which led to the Gallowgate End of the pitch. The Newcastle United shirts that they were now wearing and would take off in the toilets during the second half would stop suspicion. They could then walk among the Nottingham Forest Supporters unnoticed. Once the bombs were in place they could go back to the toilets change back into the team shirts and stand amongst the Leases End fans. Once the bombs were detonated panic would ensue and they could follow the crowd out of the ground to safety and make their way to the car park.

To create another diversion the bomb in Eldon Square and in the Hotspur pub would go off. They could then make their escape; job done he thought.’

It was well thought out, planned in every detail and would go off with out any snags.’

After forty two minutes of play the ball was crossed by Hibbit and Wyn Davies headed the ball home and the crowd went wild.

They were jumping up and down and bumping into one another and they all had to step back because of the mercury switches which might set off the bombs if shaken violently.

There were only a few minutes until half time and McGill nodded in the direction of the toilets and they all filed out and walked slowly and purposely towards the exit. They followed the signs then went into the toilet founds an empty cubical each then took off the shirts rolled them up an pushed then inside their trousers and fastened their coats up. They heard the whistle to end the first half and they walked out and made their way towards the Gallowgate End.

They dodged the crowds who now wanted to use the toilets. They climbed the steps upwards as high as they could near to where Peter Carrington was sitting.’

Carrington left the stand and went for free drinks and a buffet laid on in his honour in the executive suite. The fifteen minute interval gave them enough time to pick out a place where the bags would not be seen and the blast would surely kill Peter Carrington and many more.

McGill instructed Finbar and Michael to place one of the bags either side of where Carrington was sitting to make sure of a maximum chance that he would be killed in the blast. When the crowds returned they moved slowly into position; gently they lowered the bags then slid them under the seats and walked away; then the other two 

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