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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“Well a hope he’s alreet and comes home soon; my names Mr Thompson but yer can call me Jackie alreet?’

“Thank you Jackie; I had better gan before the bell goes they will be callin’ us in shortly.’

It’s five to nine now so aye they will be ringin’ the bell in five minutes.’ Make your way to the top yard. It’s around the corner and straight up; you will see all the other new starters there I expect.’

“Thanks’ Jackie and I hope we can talk again soon, bye.’

“Bye Sam, and stick in do you hear me?’

“I will said Sam as he disappeared around the corner.’


As Jackie had told him there was about a hundred boys standing in the top yard all anticipating what was to happen to them just like he was thinking.

A tall lean man blew the whistle and all the older boys who already knew the drill lined up and began to file out.

Sam hoped that he would be put with some of his friends from Queen Victoria (QV)

When the older boys had dispersed the teacher introduced himself. Everyone was wearing a wooden box tied around their necks which had a gas mask in it. They had been instructed how to use it whilst he was at QV.’

“I am Mr Amos; I teach science and geography here. When I call your name please answer me with either here or present; do you understand?

“Yes Sir said everyone.’

“I will start alphabetically; do not speak until your name is called.’


“Here Sir;

“Stand to the left Abraham behind me.’


“Here Sir.’

“Line up behind Abraham.’

Adams filed out then walked smartly and stood behind Abraham.


“Here Sir.’

“Do you have a brother in this school?’

“Yes Sir.’

“Well let’s hope that you a brighter than he is; thick is a post he is.’

There was a burst of laughter and Mr Amos told them straight away to be silent.’


“He’s sick Sir.’

“Who spoke?

“I did Sir, his mother asked me to pass on the message.’

“Alright boy, in future wait until you’re asked to speak.’


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