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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“Everyone must be in their rooms by ten o’clock and the lights go out at ten thirty each night. There is a toilet across from your room should you need to get up during the night and there will be a sick bowl by your bed.’

“We will wake you at six thirty and you will get washed in the bathroom. Clean underwear will be issued or anything you require. You may need something for your period.’

Aspirin or any other drugs can only be given by the nursing staff and must be requested.’

“The first few nights are the worst but you will start to feel better within a week.’

“A week, I was hoping to be out of here long before then?’



Don’t be in too big of a hurry Emily; just take it steady and you will get well a lot sooner than you think.’

“What time is it there are no clocks in here?’

“Yes I know we do not place clocks on the wards because in here all you have to do is think about time. That can have a negative effect on patients.’

“You will be given three drugs to take once you have been medically assessed.

“So I will end up dependent on drugs; isn’t that just swapping one addiction for another?’

“No not really Emily; these drugs are to help you cope with your withdrawal from alcohol dependency; they stop cramps, sweating, and nausea. Eventually we will reduce your intake of these drugs until your body can cope on its own.’

“You will have an individual session tomorrow morning with Professor Angela Morton where you will be tested on cognitive and behavioural patterns. Then there will be a group session with Margaret Stormont; she is a psychologist.

Then we will have a better understanding of how to treat you with a detoxification program designed especially for your needs.’

“Then finally you will be assessed by Professor Leonard who will decide whether or not you are ready to face the outside world and free of alcohol.’

“Can I have my cigarettes? I would like to go for a smoke outside.’

“Alright give me a moment and I will get them for you.’

“There is a shop here where you can buy cigarettes but only one pack per day is permitted. You can purchase chocolate and other sweets there too.’

Sophia left her and went to the office she got the key and then went into the locker room where Emily’s things were being held she took out of her bag a packet of Woodbines and a packet of Bryant matches. She relocked the room then took the key back to the office before returning to where Emily was waiting and handed her the cigarettes and matches.

Emily walked to the reception area then saw a clip board where she signed her name. She then went through the double doors and into the garden. It was just starting to get dark so she figured it was around eight forty five. Sitting down at the table she took out a cigarette then lit it up.

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