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 should be able to get some help Tom.’

“I haven’t time to gan clartin’on wi the Nash Mrs.’

“You won’t have to, I will do that for you and its Miss, and I’m not married.’

“Well thank you Miss Miller.’

“You’re welcome; can you meet me after work in North Shields?’

“Yes, I suppose I could do that.’

Good,’ shall we say five o’clock in Northumberland Square?’

“Whey,’ I don’t finish until five Miss I can make it at five fifteen if I run up the bank.’

“Alright I will be waiting.’

Both Armstrong and Miss Miller got up and made their way down to the front door.

“Until tomorrow then Tom she said with a smile.’


Nancy turned on her heels she was wearing and Tom found himself checking the young woman out. She had a wonderful slim figure and had her blonde hair up like Betty Grable the film actress.

“Wind your neck in kid, she’s out of your league.’

“Who says said Tom as he closed the door?’

 Sam went into the oven then pulled out the casserole. “I hope that you are hungry as we have all this to eat unless you want to take some to heat up at work tomorrow.’

Aye I could do said Tom as he sat and waited until Sam put out their dinner.’

“Do you think mam is going to be alright?’

“I hope so Sam, said Tom as he blew on his sausage.’ You are gan to have to ring the Lemonade factory tomorrow and tell them that mam is in hospital and won’t be home for at least six weeks.’

“You will have to give me money for the phone then.’

“Tom passed him thu’pence.’

“Have we got enough in the house to see us through the week?’

“Well, there’s plenty of vegetables. If you bring a large fry home we can sell some to the neighbours and buy some meat with it from George Cummings.’

“Good idea kid; I will see if I can get some prawns as well as they sell pretty good.’

“Can you go down and pay the rent in your lunch break tomorrow Tom?’

Aye I will do that; where has mam left the rent book.’ It’s in the cupboard above the fire place. Tom went into the living room and found it and when he opened it he got a shock.’

“Shit he swore as he discovered his mother was three weeks in arrears.

“Six bloody pounds ten bob she owes; how the hell am I going to be able to pay that off?’

“Don’t worry kid, we will find away.’

“Those bottles in the bin should bring in a few bob; plus I can run a few messages then there’s my milk money.’

“I reckon we can manage alright once we get the arrears paid on the rent.’

“If we can convince Miss Miller then I reckon we will be alright.’

“Leave her to me; I will have her eating out of my hand by tomorrow night.’

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