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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“Did you catch one?’

“No, but I would like to go back there and fish it.’



“Well maybe we can go back there after the war.’

“Would you come with me Tom?’

“Yes, of course I would; I would have to get a passport though.’

“Have you never been abroad?’


“Well we will once the war is over I promise you.’

“I never thought; I might get called up when I’m eighteen.’

“Don’t say that Tom; please promise me that you will never go over there.’

“I may have no choice.’

“Yes you do; you are needed to supply the nation with fish so they may not take you.’

“My father would expect me to join up Nancy.’

“Forget about what your father would want; think about what you want.’

“I’ve always wanted to join up Nancy; I hate working on the quay really and if I went into the army I could learn a new trade; I could become an engineer or learn to drive a heavy truck.’

“You could come back badly injured or even worse get yourself killed.’

“If you do enlist you can say goodbye to me Tom; because I won’t wait to see if a letter comes through the door telling me that you’ve either been badly wounded or dead.

“Would you rather people call me a coward for not going?’

“At least you would be alive.’

“Anyway, I don’t know why we are having this conversation because the war will be over in two years.’

“Yes, and again it might not.’

“I don’t want to lose you Tom; not now that I’ve found you.’

“Alright; I promise not to go unless I have no choice alright?’

Nancy took hold of his hand and squeezed it tightly.

The afternoon wore on and a dark cloud came overhead. Tom put his Jumper back on.

Nancy was about to unzip the tent when her reel peeled off line she waited four seconds then set the hook. The fish took off up the lake at great speed and she let it run then began to wind the slack in and turned the fish so that it was now coming towards her. The fish leapt out of the water and it was apparent that the fish was a bigger specimen that the one Tom had caught earlier.

“Tom got the net ready then waited until Nancy had tired the fish out then he placed the net near the bank and she brought the fish neatly to it.

“Get in! He said with delight as he lifted the fish onto the bank and unhooked it.’

That’s got to be thirty pound said Nancy with a smile as Tom placed it onto the weighing bag and looked at the scales as he lifted the fish up.

“It’s thirty six pounds an nine ounces. I think you got the heaviest fish Nancy.’

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