It was another
three hours before the train came to a final standstill in Liverpool.
As my legs were completely numb, I virtually fell out of my skip
onto the tracks. Looking around, I swore copiously as I found
myself in the middle of a huge field of railway lines which were
deserted except for four locomotives which were shunting a few
carriages around. I could see that this yard was surrounded by
a three-metre-high barbed-wire fence, so the only way out had
to be near the solitary building that stood half a mile away.
I ran. I ran
as fast as I could whilst the drivers looked on in disbelief.
Approaching the building, I swore even more copiously as I saw
the signs reading, "British Steel. Identity badges must be
worn at all times", and then the security guards at the entrance
barrier. With no way out, I reluctantly accepted that I'd have
to try to talk my way out of it with the police, as "Trespassers
will be prosecuted" notices were now plastered on every wall.
building however, I was immediately informed by the receptionist
that coffee from the machine was free today, and would I mind
waiting a few moments until I was called. Somewhat bemused, I
played along and did as I was told. There were a few other nervous-looking
chaps there, one of whom spotted that I was in a bit of a daze.
your security pass?" he asked.
he was not "one of them" I told him how I'd ended up
there, to which he replied,
We've got to get you out of here or you'll be arrested! They think
you're here for an interview like the rest of us!
only way out is through that security gate. I'll distract the
guards whilst you sneak out behind them."
just what happened. I have no idea who that man was who helped
me, but I thank him for saving me from further trouble! To this
day I do not know what that place was, all I do know is that it
was run by British Steel and that security was unusually high.
I'd found my way into central Liverpool. Mum and Dad were a little
surprised and concerned when I phoned and told them where I was
- I decided to follow their advice and promptly bought a ticket
so that I could travel home in comfort - on a passenger train!