The Street Urchin

The Street Urchin is set in North shields and tells of young Billy Phelps a promising young footballer- his father is a trawlerman and has no time for his children or his wife when he meets a Norwegian girl and begins an affair.
The impact of the the marriage break up and triumph over adversity are told in this heartwarming story.

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Albert slept on board the Misty Dawn; after jumping in the shower and changing he fried himself an egg sandwich before heading out to the Dolphin to meet Inga who was waiting for him when he arrived. They left then went to the customs office where she had to show her passport and fill out a form.

After some checks were made to verify who she was they were allowed to go.

She then went to the job centre, where she made enquiries about hotel work.

They gave her a job card for a hotel in Newcastle.

The wage was very reasonable she thought as they got back into the van and drove to the Centre Hotel.

Albert Sat with her until her name was called then she got up and went into the interview room.

Albert picked up a copy of a National Geographic magazine; he began reading about the Aborigines in Australia. They were so self sufficient he thought. They could hunt, build houses, find water in a barren desert; they could also make an array of tools and weapons.

Albert looked at the photos showing an Aborigine throwing what looked like a boomerang to catch a kangaroo.

Then there was a picture of the tribe eating an iguana lizard with roots and berries that they had collected.

He admired their hunting skills as well as their art.

He loved the paintings and things they made with bone and beads.

 

Inga came out of the interview room thirty minutes after going in. “Well said Albert did you get the job.”

“I start on Monday.” Albert picked her up and swung her around. “Good girl now all we need is somewhere to live and we will be sorted.

All that afternoon they searched the adverts in the Evening Chronicle for flats in Tynemouth and Whitley Bay. Albert didn’t want to live any where near his wife; he wanted a fresh start with Inga.

He only had another two days before he would have to go back out to sea so they had to find somewhere before then.

As luck would have it they stopped off for lunch in a café on the seafront there was a notice board that Inga noticed and there was an advert for a flat for rent it was £20.00 a week for rent. After they had eaten Albert rang the number written on the advert where he spoke with a lovely lady who said they could come around and look at the flat that afternoon.

Albert drove Inga to Beach Road where they were met and shown the flat.

It was simply furnished but Inga liked it.

She looked at Albert then said; “we will be glad to take it.”

The lady gave them they keys and asked for months rent in advance.

Albert paid her then they left to collect their clothes then go shopping for provisions.

 

 

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