School was approaching the end of another day, and William was mentally preparing a meeting of the Goolee gang that evening. The five members went to 3 different schools and it would entail ringing the others when they arrived home and picking up Tonka from Bobby’s house.
William went to a senior school now and the things he saw in the caretaker’s shed set him thinking. There was grass cutting equipment with rubber tyred wheels and several platform trolleys with hard large 200mm diameter polypropylene tyred castors. He was intrigued to see that the front 2 swiveled and so followed the direction of the person towing it. There were other useful items including 2 wheelbarrows, each having a large pneumatic tyred wheel at the front. William’s imagination ran amok as he contemplated the acquisition of some of these wheels or castors for Tonka. The thought of their much loved trolley rumbling along the High Street quietly and smoothly, without the present noisy tyreless pram wheels and the accusing stares of disapproval from bilious adults, made him starry eyed with longing.
He arrived home, conscious that today was the penultimate day of the summer term and that after tomorrow they would have 6 weeks of glorious holiday to do whatever took their fancy, tugging Tonka over hill and dale as well as the ruts in the High Street. All five members of the Goolee gang lived in the village of St. Stuffley, a mile and a half from the small industrial town of Rotville, its name betraying its Norman origins. Thinking of all these different wheels and castors with which to reboot Tonka he arrived home. Using the address book for the other members numbers, he picked up the telephone.
To be continued...