TEA, DRUMS AND SPEED
Published by Les Broad at Smashwords
Copyright 2011 Les Broad
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Tea, Drums and Speed
In a windswept town somewhere in northern England snow began to fall. It wasn’t snow that promised to be deep and crisp and even; this fall, in February of 1965, was wet and turned to grey slush almost as soon as it hit the ground. It was driven by an icily cold, wet wind from the Arctic that drove the few people who had ventured outside to seek shelter inside.
In a greasy little café in a grey street near the centre of that grimy town the only four customers sat around a table, thick cups standing empty on the cracked surface of a rickety table near the steamed up window. They seemed an odd quartet of young men, immaculately groomed yet scruffily dressed. They had been debating whether they could afford the few shillings that four more cups of tea would cost; the ‘no’ lobby was winning.