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.


9. 9

After placing the vegetables in his pantry Ged headed to the super market. He bought everything on the list that would last him a few weeks. The only thing he needed to buy would be fresh milk every few days because without a fridge the milk went off quick.

He bought a large Sun blessed loaf and some Lurpak Danish butter.

He bought cheese for his bait on Monday. He bought a soup flask so that when he made the soup he could take some to work with him that would last him at least three days. The vegetables left over from his Sunday dinner would be fried up on the Monday nothing would be wasted.

He managed alright; he had money to go out more because he didn’t have to give his wife money. He put money aside to pay the bills which left him fourteen pounds to buy food and to go out with.

Ged made himself a sandwich with some Princes meat paste that he had bought.

He re-sealed the bread packet then placed it in the bread bin.

He made a fire which would heat the boiler; it give him hot water so he could take a bath before going out to the club.

Ged spent the afternoon reading the “Big Sleep” by Raymond Chandler, then Ironed his shirt and hung it up ready to put on after his bath. His winkle pickers were polished and his drain piped trousers hung on the curtain rail. Ged had a new black leather jacket that he was going to wear.


The bath had revitalised Ged he looked in the mirror at his slicked back hair with Bryl Cream after he had combed it. Ged felt better than he’s felt in a long time. It was six thirty when he left the house to get the bus to the club.

One day he said to himself I’m going to buy myself a car so I will be able to drive around. I will never take another bus. The Ashington Welfare Club was packed out as he made his way to the bar and bought a round of drinks for Rob and Christine and a pint for himself. Rob had seen him come in and waved him over.

Some bloke was singing a song from the movie “The Sound of Music” and all the women in the hall joined in.

Ged said hello to Rob and Christine before sitting down.

The guy singing Eidel Weiss finished his song and everyone clapped.

Did you buy any tickets for the meat draw Ged?

“Not yet; has the woman been around then?

“Yes she’s over there look!

Ged saw her but didn’t go over; instead he waited until she was nearly finished then caught her attention.

“Want some tickets love?

“Six pence a strip.”

 “Alright there’s a shilling now strip real slowly.

“You cheeky bugger said the young girl.”


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