The Netmaker

"The Netmaker" the story follows four families who are all linked in some way to the Wilkinsons Lemonade Factory that was bombed during WW2. This is a tribute to the 107 people who lost their lives on 3rd May 1941


10. 10

After Sam had dried himself his mother inspected him then nodded.’

He sat down and his mother shared out the chips and the two fish cakes between them. Sam tucked in with gusto even though he’d eaten the same four nights off the trot. Tom on the other hand played around with his food and had his grumpy face on.

“Have we got any pop to drink?’

“Yes I’ve a couple of bottles of lemonade in my bag.’

“You been pinching again mother?’

“No she said kicking Tom under the table.’

“The boss is good to us you know Sam; he let’s me have two bottles of pop every night.’

It’s a bloody good job an aal because we wouldn’t have nowt to drink otherwise.’

“There’s plenty council pop in the tap laughed Sam.

“Tom clipped him playfully round the ear; bloody cheeky bugger.’

“Here do you want this bit fish mother said Tom as he pushed it to one side.

No give it to Sam he will eat it.’

Tom scraped the fish onto Sam’s plate and he wolfed it down.’

“I don’t know where you put it lad said his mother.’

In ere’ said Sam pointing to his mouth and then to ere’ his tiny stomach began to bulge having not eaten much all day he was glad of a good meal.’

When he’d drank a full glass of lemonade they went into the kitchen and Sam turned on the radio to listen to “The Man in Black.’

Tom put more coal on the fire and sat in his fathers chair with his feet in the hearth.

The fire was comforting as they sat around whilst Sam told them about what Mr Hastings had said verbatim.’

It had little effect on Tom though who was still adamant that he was joining up as soon as he was sixteen.

“Anything’s got to be better than working down the quay mam; bloody sinking fish and the smell from the Guano works up the road is enough to make you puke.’

“I know son but it will only be until a better job comes along.’

“Like where mam?’

“Well, there’s the factories on the coast road isn’t there?’

Aye but mam; stuck in a bloody factory aal day long isn’t for me I like the out doors.’

“Why don’t you go to college and get your qualifications.’ What do you fancy doing like asked Sam?’

“I don’t know really; maybe working on a farm or a forest ranger in the cheviots would do me but not working in a bloody factory.’

Well get yourself along to the college and get your qualifications then the world is your oyster pardon the pun.’


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