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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“Keep trying that radio and see if you can get him.’

Rob clicked on the radio and gave the code word that only they knew.

Still there was no response. “Do you think that McGill has them?’

“That’s a probability. We’ll go to Seamus house but be careful McGill might be there already. He’s going to be a bit pissed off because Seamus scuppered his plans. Seamus was very cleaver in using plastercine instead of semtex in the sandwich boxes. It was the same colour as semtex so McGill didn’t click on. “The thing is they will want to strike again and soon so we have to get to Seamus and his family.

“Do you think that they will head back to Ireland sir??’

“No, my guess is that he will want to hit another major city.’ If he goes back with failure on his hands McStiefain will not be pleased.’

“Now if I was in McGill’s shoes where would I go?’

“It would have to be somewhere I could get back to Ireland unseen.’

“Correct, Scotland is the nearest place.’ Where would I get a big enough crowd?

“What about Celtic Park?

“Who is Celtic playing this week?

“It’s the Derby game between Rangers.’

“I don’t think he will hit another football ground.’

“There’s an international Rugby match being played at Murray Field.’

“We have to warn all football and sporting venues to be vigilant.

“We will make some calls; radio the office and tell Kevin Ford and the team to check every major event this week. “ We cannot leave anything to chance.’

“Yes Sir.’ Picking up the radio Rob did what he was ordered.

They reached Seamus’ house and again no-one was around. “We are just going round in circles here Rob, let’s go back to the office.’

The strain was showing on the face of Ralph Mason. His eyes were blood shot from the lack of sleep and there were lines in the corners of each eye. Using an open hand he rubbed his brow. He was racking his brains trying to perceive where McGill would go in order to hide out.’

“A cottage maybe he thought, yes that’s it; there are plenty of cottages in Scotland going around this time of the year all we have to do is find the one where they are using.’ “I will do some checking when we get back sir said Rob.’


 The van pulled up outside number 28 Barnstaple Road and Billy got out with Brenda.’

Brenda let herself into the house with her key and found her mother coming out of the kitchen.’

Oh Brenda your safe she said; “Where’s Liam and your father?

“Listen Mrs Webster, I’m working undercover with MI5. Seamus passed me a note explaining that he’d planted dud bombs around Newcastle and the football stadium.’ “He’s told me to get you out to a safe place away from here before McGill returns.’ “Quickly now, go pack some clothes and whatever we will need. We have to leave in ten minutes. Seamus said that he would meet us at the anniversary place.’ He said you’d understand.’

Brenda packed some food into a carrier bag; then some tea, coffee, milk and sugar. Whilst her mother brought clean clothes; blankets and pillows.

Once the cases were packed Billy carried them out to the van he placed everything inside then told the women to get in.

Right where are we going?’

“Bewick Caravan Park is where we used to spend our anniversary.’

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