Fish Wife

"FISH WIFE" It tells of two women one from Scotland the other from North Shields.Margaret Rose Garbutt, has a violent abusive husband who beats her up whilst pregnant she runs away from from Sterling and when her baby is born is forced to give her up. years later she ends up working in the kipper factory on North Shields fish quay where she meets Irene Milsip who had such a bad home life that when she was set up on a blind date met Jimmy Johnson who she marries more out of desperation than love. Jimmy is a waster and is having an affair behind Irene's back with an Irish immigrants daughter until Irene's friend finds a letter in the street. Annabelle Crosby is faced with a dilemma- does she tell her friend or let the affair go on. This is the story of hardship and struggle of two women during the 1960's and their rise to success but one thing they will never forget is their roots. FISH WIFE is a tale of love, ambition, family values, and friendship.


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When he told his friend that his wife had thrown him out Albert said he could stay with him until he found somewhere to live.

Cheers Al’ he said he went to the bar and bought his friend a pint then came back and told him that he had to go out but he would return later.

He walked along Savile Street until he came to Dockwray Square the once slum area had been rebuilt with three story flats. He walked up the stairs to the middle building and then knocked on the door.

Mr Flynn answered the door in his string vest his work trousers and braces that also had a leather belt around the waist. The little Irishman asked Jimmy in.

Jimmy walked down the small passage into the scullery.

“Is Katie in Jimmy asked?

“Yes; but I think we should be talking first do you not?”

Michael Flynn sat down then asked Jimmy to sit. Jimmy pulled out the black metal chair with yellow padded cushions and sat down.

“I believe you have been seeing my daughter is that correct sir?

“Yes it’s true.

“And you are already married is this also right?

“Yes it is; but I am not living with her now.”

“So you abandoned your wife.”

“Yes, because I love Katie.”

“You know that we are all staunch Catholics here?”

“Katie did tell me Mr Flynn.”

“Now she is in the family way and will be excommunicated from the church because she has committed a mortal sin in the eyes of God.”

“I am not a religious man Mr Flynn.”

“I can see that, now I want you to listen to me and listen well; Katie is never to see you again; if you are seen with her or even speak with her then a few of my friends from Ireland will be paying you a little visit.”

“Do you get my meaning now Sir?

“Yes but;

“Our business is finished here now so please leave.”

Jimmy got up from the seat and left closing the door behind him.

“He headed back to the “Rat and bought himself and his friend another bottle then sat down.

“Where have you been then?

“I went to see Katie Flynn and her father threatened me with the IRA for God sake.

“What the hell did you expect; roses and a bottle of Guinness Stout.” You got his daughter up the duff you idiot.”

“What am I going to do now; I’ve got nowhere to live and now no woman either?

“Well I hate to say it but I told you; if you play with fire you get your fingers burnt.



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