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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Opening the cast iron door on the red painted telephone box Sam dialled the number of Wilkinson’s He placed a penny in the slot and waited until he got and answer.

“Hello, is this the lemonade factory?’

Sam forced the penny in the slot before he was connected.

“Yes, who’s speaking?’

“It’s me Sam Richardson, my mother Emily works here. I am ringing to tell you that she is in hospital and won’t be at work for at least six weeks. Could someone drop her wages of for her please?’

“Alright Sam I will pass your message on; I hope that your mam is better soon; bye.’


Sam pushed the heavy door open glad of some fresh air as the booth was used as a urinal by drunken revellers who came from the Robin Hood and used it when they were caught short and could make it home.

Sam ran down the Backer’s Lane and onto school.

He told his friend the caretaker that his mother was in hospital and that she would be there for up to six weeks.

Jackie looked at the boy and thought to himself that it must be quite serious if they were keeping his mother in that long. “Who is looking after you then?’

“Well our Tom is Jackie but he’s at work most of the time so I will be looking after myself he said proudly.

“Well tomorrow is Saturday would you like to come down to the school and help me out?’

“Yes,’ can I really’

“Yes, and you can stay for dinner at my house; I’m sure my good lady wife will cook us up something nice.’

“That would be lovely Jackie I would really like that.’

“Good I will tell my wife to set an extra seat for you.’

“What is your first lesson today then?’

“English with Mrs Jenkins I think.’ 

“Well you hurry on to your class then and I will meet you here tomorrow at nine o’clock alreet?’

“Alright Jackie I will see you then.’

Sam went into the bottom door and ran up the corridor turning left which led to Mrs Jenkins classroom. He went inside and took his seat and opened his desk and took out his book.’

Written on the blackboard was some text which Mrs Jenkins must have written the night before. The short story was about the explorer David Livingstone; which pointed out the vowels and nouns in the text. There was an exercise to do in page twenty six of the book and he opened it and began to read it. It asked for him to copy 

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