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.


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They had been walking for almost three hours when the arrived at Lake Ennerdale.

Elizabeth told Gerald that the lake had a deep glacial look. It was two miles long half a mile wide and 50 metres deep.

“Look at the water Elizabeth it is so clear.

“It serves as a reservoir for West Cumbria”

“This would be a great place to fish.”

“It has been stocked with brown and rainbow trout Gerald. I have fished on this lake before.”

“Who did you come with?

“It was with student from my wild days, Gerald.”

“Did you catch any?

“Yes, using earth worms.” You are allowed to take three fish each as long as they are over a pound in weight.”

“We will have to come and fish the lake here together.”

“I used to come to the lakes most weekends in the summer.” Mostly to fell walk but I do like to fish.

“Well in Northumberland there are quite a few lakes and reservoirs where you can fish for carp, bream, perch, and pike.”

I have fished since I was a boy; my father took me and I caught my first fish; a six pound bream and from then on I was hooked.


They carried on until they reached the Black Sail Youth Hostel where they stopped for a hot cup of tea and a sit down.

“Are you alright Gerald; I hope I haven’t worn you out?

“I’m just getting my second wind.”

“Good; because there’s a great pub about a mile and a half down the road.”

“What we waiting for then? I have a pint with my name written on it waiting for me.”

 Ged began running away from Elizabeth she sprinted after him then caught up. Ged put his arm around her as they came to a halt and he kissed her.

They reached the “Black Bull” and went in. It was a typical country pub with wooden beamed ceilings and landscape paintings, oak tables, and leather up hostelry.

“They serve good food here Gerald if you are hungry.”

“I just want a Pint first.

“Can I get you a cider?

“Yes please Gerald.”

The land lord came over to Ged and asked what he would like to drink.

He looked over at Elizabeth who was sat at the table then said a cider for Elizabeth is it?

“Ah you know her then?

He poured a pint of cider then handed it over

“It’s a pint?

“Yes Elizabeth likes a pint or two; he laughed out loud.

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