The Train & Other Tracks

Sheffield was heavily 'Blitzed' by the Germans during the second world war due to the fact that most of the steel for British and Allied armaments was made here. The factories were manned around the clock, mostly by women as the men were drafted into the armed forces for the duration. This is one woman's story who had hoped for a quiet night after a long shift at the steelworks and her attempt to save the one item to which it seems all of her memories were attached...

 

Bombers Moon

 

 

Fishing is an occupation I have never taken up, except very recently when I took my grandson, Declan, a fine young man, on his first fishing expedition. As neither of us had a clue what we were supposed to do it turned out to be hilarious. After catching a tree, a bush and a park bench while learning how to cast, Declan caught his first fish, a six-inch Rudd, but personally, I didn't have quite the luck that Arthur did in the following story...

 

Fishing

 

 

'The Comer' is based on an event in my life that happened some years ago now. Wilf was a very old friend of mine and I called on a regular basis to see how he was getting on after his wife died. Everything attributed to him in the story is true of the man himself and I found that I loved him like a son might. I miss him and his wisdom up to today and I cannot listen to this without a tear appearing in the corner of my eye. Wilf died from a heart attack at 83. It was quick, merciful, and he had retained his sense of the ridiculous right until the end.

This version was recorded for BBC Radio Gloucester by the actress Bryony Smith and transmitted several years ago...

 

The 'Comer'

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