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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“The Bismarck is knocking hell out of our ships at the moment my dad says.’

“It’s the biggest battleship in the world.’

 “We will sink her, you just wait.’



Sam felt something on his line and he tugged hard on it.

“Have you got one?’

“Think so it’s a bit heavy.’

“Sam pulled up his line to find two crabs on the end of it.’

“Are they peelers asked Eric?’

“No, they are hard backs.’

“Toss them back then but here or they will come back and gobble all of our bait.’

“Aye you’re right. Sam stood up and launched the crabs into the air as far as he could. They landed twenty feet away then disappeared into the depths.

He re-baited his hooks as Eric was bringing his in and again all they got was another two crabs. “What time is high tide?’

“About four I think said Sam’

“What time is it now?’

Sam looked at the small Timex watch that his mother had bought him for his last birthday.

“It’s one forty two.’

“We should be getting some bites soon then.’

“Aye we should replied Sam with the look of hope more than expectation.’

“Do you fancy a bag of chips and a bottle of pop?’

“Yes, that would be nice.’

“Right watch my line, whilst I slip along to the “chippy.”

“Get a bottle of Tizer if they have some.’

Eric stood up after tying off his line so it wouldn’t drop into the sea below.

The water was rising now and the green algae and limpets that had been revealed as the tide went out were being splashed by the waves from the incoming tide. The wind got up a little so Sam pushed on his coat.

Looking out past the piers the two fishing boats were now out of sight but he could see a large merchant ship heading in.’ The two tugs moved out ready to lead the ship up the Tyne towards the docks. The merchant navy played a large role during the war as they supplied not only our forces abroad but the population as well. They were under constant attack from German submarines that were destroying many of our merchant ships in the Atlantic. Over one thousand ships had been sunk so far with reports coming in every day of more that had been lost to heavy torpedo fire. Many men were lost as a result.’

“When Eric returned he was carrying a parcel and a bottle of Tizer.’

“I see you got the pop then.’

“Aye and the woman gave me a fish cake an aal.’

“Oh great I’m starving.’

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