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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“Funny, ha ha.’

“Not as funny as you; is your mother still loaning the RAF her knickers so they can make parachutes wi them.’

“I’ll punch your head in if you call my mother again.’

“Well you just insulted mine.’

“Just cos’ your mothers a bloody drunk; me mother told me cos’ she works with her see and she always pissed up when she comes to work.’

“Sam cool as a cucumber walked over to the boy and punched him right in the nose. The boy fell backwards holding on to his nose that was now pouring blood.



“Any of you want some asked Sam as the boy who had called him spat that he’d get his dad on him.’

“Bring you father and your uncles and cousin’s too because if they all fight like you I will beat them easily now piss off and leave us alone unless you want some more of what you’ve just had.’

The boy had no answer and they turned and walked away.’

Both Phil and Eric began making chicken noises as the boys left then burst in to spontaneous laughter.’

“Where did you learn to punch like that Sam?’

“My Uncle Freddy was a light heavyweight boxing champion; he showed me a few things.’

“It’s a good job we have you on our side said Phil.’

“Come on let’s go to the arcade for a bit. I want to go on the ha’penny push.’

“The walked along to Cullercoats amusement arcade. The bright lights and music could be heard and seen as they approached.

They walked inside and went to get change of a shilling then walked around watching as people played on the pinball machines and slots.

They checked every recess as they walked around because sometimes people walked away thinking they hadn’t won and the money would drop minutes later.

They actually picked up over a shilling when they were stopped by someone.

“If you lads aren’t playing you will have to leave.’

“Sam held out his hand with change and told the man that they were just looking for the ha’penny push.’

It’s over there on the left said the man and the boys thanked him then walked on.’

They passed the Bagatelle game, the Mutoscope Drive, Strength tester and the rifle duck shoot before arriving at the ha’penny push. Sam had this off to a fine art he would pretend to play the game then wait until someone had put in several coins and when they went to get change he stepped in put his money into the slot and then dropped the overhanging coins.

He now had twelve shillings and sixpence.

He risked a penny in the Crane Grab but didn’t win.

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