The Troubles

"The Troubles " the story is set in Belfast and the North East in 1969.
Seamus Webster and his family flee the riots in Belfast and come to live on Barnstaple Road in North Shields - where he takes up work as a crane driver in Smith's Docks his wife Annie finds a job in the Co-op in Whitley Bay - Seamus is good at DIY and gets lots of work decorating or fitting out new kitchens for people. His father Michael is serving a very long sentence when he is implicated in a
bombing of an army base- his skills as a bomb maker have been passed down to his oldest son and Stephen Mcgill is on the look -out for him as a bombing campaign has begun on mainland Britain. Newcastle has been chosen as the target - can Seamus avoid getting mixed up in this. Read what happens in this tense thriller.


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Elsie cut two slices from the quiche then placed them onto the plates that had a fruit pattern on them.

She took out some coleslaw from the fridge and placed it on the table so Helen could help herself.

“This is nice mother said Helen as she ate some of the home made quiche with bacon and leek.’

Her mother turned on a portable for the one o’clock BBC News programme and the main topic of the news was the story of a booby trapped bomb in county Armagh that had killed two Royal Ulster Constabulary officers when they went to inspect the car. Another officer was seriously injured in the blast. The provisional IRA had claimed responsibility. Other bombs had been set off in Crossmaglen, Cullyhanna, and Fork hill by the strong republicans whose sympathies lay with the IRA. The booby trapped bomb was attached to underside of a Ford Cortina. Samuel Donaldson aged 23 and Robert Millar 26 was killed. The reporter said that intelligence officers had discovered that the bomb had been planned by Sean McStiefain a republican leader.

Again the peace process had been disrupted.

Gerry Adams and Reverend Ian Paisley gave their views on the subject.’

“When is all this killing of innocent people going to stop Helen? “ I worry that it will be us next. They’ve already hit London, Birmingham, and Manchester.’

“There just seems no end to it.’

“Don’t worry mother nothing is going to happen to us.’ Please eat your dinner.’

“All those poor innocent people though Helen.’

“Mother I will turn off the television set if you keep going on about it.’

“Alright Helen but you just cannot go ignoring this forever.’

“If people worried as much as you they would never leave their houses.

“Are you going into work tomorrow?’

“Yes mother I still have to earn a living.’


The yard manager Bernard Johnson showed Ralph Mason where Seamus was working and he was going to ask him to come down but Ralph said that it was Alright and that he was going up to talk with him. “Don’t keep him long will you there’s work to be done around here.’

“Fifteen minutes tops; I promise said Ralph as he began to climb his way to the top of the crane. The yard manager radioed to tell Seamus that someone was coming up to speak with him.’

“What does he want Bernie, asked Seamus?’

“I don’t know but it s official.’

Ralph climbed the one hundred and twenty feet tower. He was used to heights having done it in training when he was in the army. He knocked on the cabin door and went inside. It was just like a huge shed inside with a desk, table, a couple of chairs, log book’s and pair of binoculars.

Hello Seamus; I’m Ralph Mason; I work for MI5. We believe that you and your family may be in danger. Am I right?’

“Look Mr Mason I have nothing to say to you.’

“Alright but answer me this question; why did you leave Belfast in a hurry.’ Now someone who isn’t afraid of the IRA wouldn’t be trying to hide out here in the North East would they?’

“Who says that I’m hiding?’

“We have our sources Seamus, look we know all about you and your father’s activities so don’t come the innocent with me.’

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