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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The train bound for Sheffield was early and George boarded it he took a seat that he had booked and it had a table so he set to work on his lesson plan where students doing their final year would learn about the Crimean War. By the time the train got to Durham the train was packed with people. George looked out of the window at the industrial city. It was steeped in the tradition coal mining and steel industry. Grandfathers, fathers, and son’s worked in the pits of Durham but recent introduction of electric trains and diesel shipping instead of steam. Even household coal was cheaper to produce abroad than it was in Durham, Ashington, and South Yorkshire.

Many men were out of work and had to look for other forms of work like working in car factories or taking up other trades. There were many strikes and family fall outs over the strikes. To many it was the end of an industrial era. It wasn’t just the pits and steel industry that were feeling the brunt of economic decline. Harold Macmillan was prime minister of the country and he and the conservative government thought that his government would last only six weeks. Macmillan who had fought in both wars became the MP for Stockton on Tees and quickly rose through the ranks where he became minister for housing, then Minister for Defence, Foreign Secretary, and then Chancellor of the Exchequer. His catch phase was the “British public have never had it so good.” He was called Supermac by his supporters.

He became the first Prime Minister with Nuclear capabilities during the Cuban crisis.

He said that Britain’s future lay in Europe but when his application was rejected by General Charles de Gaulle. Things took a turn for the worst and it was said he had lost touch reality. Then he sacked six cabinet ministers in what was termed “The night of the long knives” Macmillan would later resign in October 1963 after the John Profumo scandal.


The train pulled into York Station; George got up and went for a coffee in the dining carriage. Once the train got to Leeds he knew that it wouldn’t be far to Sheffield.

The ticket collector came around and punched his ticket just as the train was pulling in at Sheffield. He took a taxi to Sheffield University and was met by Dr. John Sturrock.

After a briefing George went into the room where the lecture was to be given. He set up the machine where his acetate slide could be shown. At 9.00 am the lecture began and George gave them a short history on what became known as the Eastern War 1853-1856.

The conflict between The United Kingdom, France and Russia, the Ottoman Empire and Sardinia started because the Russians would not allow Christian Minorities right of passage through to the Holy Land. The French promoted the Catholic faith and the Russians Christian orthodox movement. Britain and France would not allow the Russians to dictate who was in power after the decline of the Ottoman Empire.

George went on to explain that the Ottoman Empire declared war on Russia who wanted control of the Black Sea. The British and French Forces battled to capture Savastapol. The death toll was high and disease reeked havoc in the ranks. In

1856 the Russians surrendered and a state of peace was declared Wallachia and Moldavia became independent.

George showed a series of slides then asked the student for questions.


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