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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After the lecture George had dinner with John Sturrock who asked him how he was getting on these days since the loss of his family.

“I take each day as they come John; you have to move forward not back.

“Very true George; I think you are dealing with it well. You certainly sound a lot chipper my friend.

“What time is your train back to Newcastle?

“Three o’clock I think; but you know what trains are like.”

“Well you have over two hours to kill so get yourself into town and do a bit of shopping. George got up and shook John’s hand and told him if he needed his services again to get in touch with him.

George walked out of the café then down the street where he bought a news paper and picked out three horses and three dogs. He looked for a bookmaker that he could use when he got home. He spotted a William Hill bookmaker and went across the road.

He wrote out the betting slip Collingwood’s Colours was second favourite at 5-1 it had to be an omen he thought, then Navy Dancer 20-1 shot and Sky Pilot 10-1.

He went to the counter and took the prices checked his betting slip then went to write out his dog bet.

Grey Seal kept jumping out at him then Annie’s Lantern; finally he chose for his third dog Rusty’s Revenge,” Trap six. If these came in he stood to win a lot of money because he put ten pounds on each. The dogs were a tricast be and the three horses were a treble. He would need all three dogs to win but only two of the horses.

George placed the tickets neatly into the jacket inside pocket of his coat then went to the winter gardens where he wandered around then bought Rose a pot plant to put in her room. The girl behind the counter neatly wrapped the plant in a cellophane bag then tied a neat little ribbon around it before placing it into a carrier bag,

He looked in the windows of the indoor market until he came to the Alfred Denny Museum he walked around looking at the skeletons and stuffed animals on display until 2.30pm then wondered out for his train. There weren’t as many people waiting this time as George took his seat and began to read his paper. The whistle blew and the train began to pull away from the station. George took out his pen then began the crossword puzzle just to kill time.

He set the paper down when he had finished and closed his eyes. The train started filling up and George was oblivious to everyone as he slept on past Leeds then York. George awoke as the ticket collector came around at Durham. He was now only an hour away from Newcastle Central Station.


When the train pulled in George waited until the train emptied then got up and the then stepped off and walked up the steps and over the bridge to the other side; he thought about getting a taxi home until he saw a William Hill Bookmakers shop over the road.

The woman took his betting slips then sat and checked them. She seemed to be taking a long time.

“Then she got up from her seat and showed a man in the office his betting slip; who came and asked where he had placed his bets.

“I’ve just returned from Sheffield; is there a problem?


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