WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT
Early life and introduction to radio and schooldays
Playing in the park, climbing trees and rules of play
Cowboys and Indians, Robin Hood, King Arthur, cops and robbers
Lingering influence of the war years
Saturday morning cinema club and its heroes
Books, comics, collecting stuff and a reason to be Welsh
Six shooters from father Christmas and the pomegranate conspiracy
Meccano, model airplanes and aircraft identification
The new house and district and the changing face of entertainment
Rogue preachers and the lady in red, kidnapped by ‘THE BAPTISTS’
Football and cricket, a pain in the neck and a visit to the dentist
James Bond’s bike shop, trolley building and scrap yards
Rags for bargain, any old rags and escape from the back-
Smokers club and first encounters with the boys in blue,
Secrets, sudden death and friends that go missing
Fishing in ponds and a “mentor” who says he battles with sea bass
The great clay worm dig and a heroic rescue
Smokey ‘le cat’ goes on rooftop walkabout and repays a debt of honour
Trouble with torches, church parade and painting the scout hut red
The teenage years of Rock and roll and driving dad nuts
Diligent years at the Tech’, long suffering staff and School trips
Shakespeare and the fading Bunsen flame
Attention all shipping
A responding light out at sea, then more lights -
How could we have known? How could anyone have known? I can’t think straight, can’t get things right in my head. I have to tell someone.
I’ll tell you -
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In the 1950’s, as rubbled landscapes of Britain were cleared for new towns to grow out of the devastation, those post war years formed an exciting back drop where life for kids became a continuous adventure and they were free to roam and explore the beckoning world as long as they were home before dark.
This is an account of those halcyon days as remembered by ex schoolboy Bernard Andrew; his friendships, misadventures and experiences of growing up in a different and more innocent age and how, more than 50 years after school was over, a chance encounter was to reveal that a sinister undercurrent had been at work beneath the unsuspecting pulse of the town's existence.
He remembers a long forgotten wet and miserable moonless night on the beach and the antics of ‘ALPHA ONE’: a group of three fantasy ‘Special Forces’ school chums. But most of all he remembers what happened afterwards: a seemingly endless police hunt and the unwitting deception that was to ripple across continents.
of an unsuspecting spy