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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“Yes, it must be nice living here and watching the seasons change. I would like to be a farmer actually.’

“Would you Tom, it’s very hard work you know. I helped on my father’s friend’s farm and couldn’t believe how hard the work was. No wonders they are in bed by ten o’clock each night.’

“It cannot be as hard as working on the quay; five o’clock start loading and unloading hundreds of boxes of fish then filleting. All the weighing, icing, and boxing them up ready to be loaded onto to lorry’s to be shipped all over the country. It no easy life and of course there’s the smell.


“You would get that on a farm as well with all the manure. I had to muck out stables every day and that whiffs a bit. I did get to ride the horses though.’

“I jumped on a horses back once, we were going down to Smith’s Park, and there were some Gypsies who had tethered their horses in the field.

 Me and my school mate got on the back of this horse. I didn’t know how to make it go so my mate whacked it on the arse with a lump of wood. It took off across the field with me hanging on for grim death. Watching all those Roy Rogers films at the pictures done me no good as the horse started bucking and kicking out and I was ceremoniously thrown into a nearby fence.

“Were you hurt?

“No not really just a bump on my head; needless to say I’ve never been on a horse since.

“Serves you right she laughed.’ Nancy turned right at a round about then carried on

“So if you have a house what do you do with yourself all day; don’t you get bored?’

Not really, I go fishing most weekends or I go visit mam and dad. Are you going to visit them tonight?’

“No, I thought that you could come over and see where I live.’

“Well, I could come for a little while; I have to get back for Sam, plus I have washing to do and to try and get dried.’

 “I think that it’s going to be a fine day tomorrow so you should get them dry.’

“What are you doing tomorrow?’

“I go to my parent’s house for dinners, then I usually do a bit of house cleaning and like you, I do washing.’

“What about tomorrow night?’

“I wasn’t planning anything.’

“Would you like to go out to a dance; there should be something on at the Plaza Ballroom.’

“Can you dance Tom?’

“Yes, very badly I’m afraid but the music should be good.’

“Alright then, how about I meet you outside Tynemouth boating lake at seven o’clock?’

“I will be there.’

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