A Tunnel of Darkness

A miner from Ashington discovers his wife's infidelity. left alone he faces an uncertain future when the pit is set for closure. the strikes of 1969 force him to relocate to South Yorkshire where he meets a young school teacher. who pushes the young man to make a better life for himself.


12. 12

Ged got the bus back home; he called in at the chip shop and bought pie and chips which he ate on the way home.


On Sunday morning when he went to collect the rabbit and the chicken from Rob Abraham; Rob looked embarrassed; he was full of apologies for his wife’s behaviour in the club. He handed Ged the bag with the meat inside. Ged thanked him, he didn’t prolong the conversation but made his excuses and left.

Ged looked inside the bag; the rabbit had been skinned and the chicken plucked for him.

He hung them up in the pantry then began to prepare the vegetables to make the soup then he cut up the rabbit first to make the pie.

He roasted the chicken then stripped it and added the meat to the soup.

The carcass would be boiled up to make chicken stock.

Ged prepared some potatoes, carrots and green beans from Rob’s garden.

He made some gravy with an “Oxo cube and the juice from the rabbit and the chicken.

When the pie was done Ged plated up the vegetables then cut himself some rabbit pie.

He poured a little gravy over his vegetables but really there was enough from the pie.

Eating alone wasn’t good but something he had to get used to doing.

He ate the vast majority of the food but not all the vegetables they were wrapped in foil to be fried up tomorrow night after work. When the soup was made he replaced the lid and left it. He would put some into a small pan tomorrow; reheat it and put it into his soup flask before setting out to work. He was about to have himself a nap when he heard a familiar sound in the distance. The sound grew as it got closer.

Ged went out to the front door and looked down the road to see the colliery brass band coming his way. Behind the band two men carried the banner with the words- “IN UNITY THERE IS STRENGTH” There was a large crowd of miners, their wives, and children behind as the walked slowly up the long road.

Ged wanted to go and join them as he had done many times in the past when his father and grand father marched with the band. Ged had made up his mind. He was leaving as soon as possible to start a new life away from Ashington.


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