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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“Yes put it where you like Rose.”

Taking a pair of scissors, she cut the selotape holding the polythene wrapping and ribbon. She gently watered the plant then placed an old saucer underneath it.

Then she placed it in the front of the window.

“There she exclaimed doesn’t it look pretty there.

“Indeed it does Rose.”

“Rose please sit down I have something to tell you.”

“Rose looked at George with concern; what is it?

“Well you know I told you that I have the odd bet didn’t I.”

“Don’t tell me you lost the money that you won yesterday?

“Well when I came out of the lecture I had lunch with a fellow student who is now the dean of the university. After lunch I bought a paper and I checked the horses and dogs as usual and these three horses kept jumping out at me and then three dogs. I don’t know why I did it Rose but instead of the thirty bob I normally put on I gave her twenty pounds.

“Oh George you didn’t; that was nearly a months wages to me; don’t say you lost all the money.”

“No Rose; quite the opposite he laughed. When the woman took so long I thought that there was something wrong with the bet and that I wasn’t going to get paid but she called for the manager.

“Then what happened?

“Well the manager came out with a wad of money and began counting hundreds of pounds in front of me; I was so shocked Rose, I couldn’t get my breath.”

“Then there was a Stewards Enquiry because there was a photo finish.

“Oh George did they take all the money away from you?

“No Rose they gave me this. George handed her the cheque and Rose gasped when she saw how much it was for.

In her excitement she got off her chair and threw her arms around him then kissed him.

“Wait there’s more said George as he took out £620 pounds in cash and through it high in the air. There was twenty pound notes every where.

“George you are rich; she bent down and began to gather all the money up.

“I’ve never seen this much money in my whole life George; let alone hold it in my hands.” What are you going to do with it?

“I don’t really know what would you do?

“If it were mine I would open a shop.”

“Then what would you do?

“I would sell clothes; Women’s clothes; fashion changes all the time and if you can cover a growing market then you can make a lot of money.

“How much would you need to get started?

“More money than I could ever earn George.

“We have money Rose; look?

“That money is yours George and you could buy this house.

“It is already mine; my mother left it to me.”

“Then buy a car.”

“Tin leg; remember


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