Adapt and Recover

"Adapt and Recover" which tells about two boys growing up in the 1970's in which was still known as the Ridges Estate. Michael and Lizzy Fox live in Oakwood Avenue they have friends who live across the road; Connie and Bob Harris. Both of their sons Roger and Ronnie play together and go to the same school. Infact they are inseparable. This story takes you through their childhood together and their desire to be Royal Marine Commandos after Lizzy, Rogers mother buys Roger an Action man toy for Christmas. As young boys they join the Army Cadets until they reach the age of eighteen where they sign up to take on the hardest training regime in the world. see the boys grow into men as they are sent to fight in the Gulf War in 1991. This is a story of friendship and comradery. one that will last a lifetime.

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There was a queue at the station but all eyes were on them as they got onto the train in their uniforms.’

Ronnie sat next to his friend and said to think thirty two weeks ago we sat here wondering if we’d pass the course.’

“Look at us now.’

“All for one and one for all they both said in unison.’

The next morning at five a.m. both men got out of their beds. They showered and shaved then put on their uniforms. They shined their boots and then made breakfast for their parents. At nine o’clock they took the bus to Whitley Bay. It was nine forty five when the two Royal Marines walked down the street and entered the hairdressers.’

The two girls were stopped in their tracks as they spotted them they dropped the hair driers and brushes and ran towards the men throwing their arms around them and squeezing the life out of each of them.

“When did you get home?’

“It was late last night love said Roger that’s why we left it until now.’ I have the car Roger I passed my test and I have been using it for work I hope you don’t mind.’

“Of course not; I told you to use it didn’t I.’

“What are we going to do for transport now asked Ann?’

“I will drive you to work each day and will come and pick you both up later.’

“One of the women who was having her hair done said “You can come and pick me up any time love.’

Ann sprayed some water in the woman’s face then apologized saying that the spray gun was faulted.

The owner of the shop Marlene came in and recognised the lads. Wow she said don’t you two look dashing in uniform.’

“Are you both on leave?’

“Yes, we only just passed out yesterday.

“How long are you home for then lads?’

“Three weeks then we are going to get posted.’

“I see you have been decorated already Roger what was that for?

Both Ronnie and I were both up for the Kings Badge for the best recruit and I just piped him.’

“Kings Badge should it not be the Queens Badge?

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