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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She was only half way through the fag when a rush of cramp started in her stomach and she had to rush back in because she wanted to be sick.

She made it just in time and pushed her head down the toilet bowl and brought up her meal. The cramps persisted so she rinsed her face under the tap with cold water then dried herself off. Emily rinsed out her mouth that had an awful taste, the acid and metallic taste in her mouth was something that she had never experienced before. But then again she had never passed out before either.






Running home from school Sam couldn’t wait to tell his mother that he’d joined the schools football team. He opened the door and let himself into the house.

He got straight on with the tea as Tom would be home within the hour. He was making a sausage casserole tonight so he washed his hands and prepared the vegetables. The fire was barely alight so he went out and filled up the coal bucket from the bunker then put some onto the embers then blazed it up with a shovel and a piece of old newspaper. It took a while but soon the coal began to glow and the flame grew. He took the paper and the shovel down then placed both in the hearth. He picked up the brass spark guard and placed it over the fire then went back into the scullery and went into the larder and found the sausage.

He browned the sausages in a frying pan then tipped fat into an old cup which could be used later for dripping on bread once it had set. The smell of the sausages was making Sam hungry.

He par boiled some potatoes and carrots then softened some onion and garlic in a pan he then transferred the onions and garlic into the casserole dish and drained the water from the par boiled potatoes and carrots; he then added two tins of chopped tomatoes a little boiled water and two bay leaves. He placed the sausages into the pot and covered them after adding some seasoning. Sam popped the casserole into the oven. It would be ready in forty minutes. He refilled the kettle and placed it on the range then emptied the leaves from the pot and rinsed it under the tap before spooning in the Ringtons’ tea from the caddy. He placed the pot onto the stove to warm up the pot when he heard the knock at the door. He thought it might be Eric his friend but when he opened it a man and a woman stood at the top of the steps.

“Is Mr Richardson around the man asked?’

“He’s over in France fighting for King and Country; why are you not?’

“Can we come in son there’s something that we need to tell you,’

“Not really my mother says never allow strangers in the house.’

“Very wise, but we are here from the Social Services. I am Neville Armstrong and this is my associate Nancy Miller. Neville flashed his card.

“You’d better come in then.’

“They could smell something cooking as they made their way to the scullery.

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