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


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“You were on Friday neet said Brian, again the store filled with laughter.



That would be the one thing that Tom would miss when he left. He liked the banter amongst his work mates who constantly took the piss.’

“They pushed on through to lunch break and Tom took off his gear then ran up the library stairs all one hundred and six of them to the top he carried on running until he reached the library then waited outside until he’d got his breath back before going in.

“The young girl on the counter asked if she could help and then backed away slightly as the smell of fish hit her nostrils.

I would like a prospectus for night class please and some books on farming.

“Alright, if you wait here I will get them for you.’

Tom sat in one of the chairs until she returned with four books.’

“Have you got your library card with you?’

“Yes but it’s been a while since I used it.’

He handed her the brown ticket and she checked it then said she would make him another ticket out which was bright orange. She took his details then stamped each book.

Tom was about to leave when she called him back.

“Yes, he asked?’

“You forgot your prospectus.’

“Oh thanks, forget my head was on my shoulders if it weren’t attached to me neck.’

Tom ran back from where he had come which was a damn sight easier going down the stairs; rather than running up them.’

He’d only been gone fifteen minutes and the lads had gone along to the mission for dinner so Tom placed the books into his haversack then sprinted along to the mission to get his dinner.

“What we got then Lads?’ said Tom as he entered the mission.’

Corned beef tart, chips, and peas or there’s fish and chips.’

“Tom ordered the Corned beef tart. He sat down and the Betty came out with his meal.’

“He won’t be gettin’ many more of your dinners Betty said Brian to as she got him a knife and fork.’

“You’re not getting married are you Tom?’

“Aye, to a couple of cows said Micky with a huge grin on his face?’

“Bugger off you two; I’m going to work on a farm Betty.’

“Betty ruffled Toms hair then bent down and kissed him full on his lips.’

“Well there’s a goodbye kiss from me said the forty something year old. “ I might never see you again; she feigned tears and pretended to wipe them away with a dirty hanky from her pocket,’

“Will you miss me then Betty?’

“Like a hole in the heed lad she laughed.’ Noo get on wi ya dinner.’ I take it you want some tea and I’ve got a nice bit of dessert as well if you fancy it. She lifted up her 

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