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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“Why don’t you open your own bookmakers then?

“No, I enjoy a bet but working in a bookmaker isn’t for me.”

“You must invest this money in something George?

“I am, I am investing it in you.” leave this to me I will sort something out.”

“George was about to wash up when Rose stopped him.”

“I am your house keeper remember.”

“You are more than that Rose; and soon you will be a shop owner.”

“Would you like to come with me tonight, I feel like celebrating?

“But George what would people say?

“Let them talk, I am a single man and you a single woman are you not?

“Yes but…

“But what Rose; what are you going to do; tie your self to this house for the rest of your life? Look if you don’t wish to come with a one legged man I shall understand.

“Please don’t say that, you know that is not the reason.” The fact is I see a man not someone with only one leg.

“Then will you come with me?

“Yes George; please give me time to dry my hair and change.


George had a shave then changed; he put on a clean shirt; he polished his shoe and put on his dress trousers. He changed his socks then put on a highly polished shoe, it shone like the stars on a summer’s night, and then he fixed a tie. He looked at himself in the full length mirror as he fastened his suit jacket. He walked out of his bedroom

To see Rose; she was beautiful in a long flowered dress that she had made herself it had large poppies on a yellow background  her red hair had been let down and the natural curls in it bounced around as she moved. She was as prettier than any woman he had ever seen. She reminded him of Maureen O’Hara the film star.


“You look beautiful he said as he opened the door for her and they walked towards the bus stop.

“Where are we going she asked?

“You will see.

The 301 bus came and they got on it Rose again sat near the entrance to avoid the smoke.

“I see you do not like smoking?

“Yes; it makes me feel sick.”

“I will have to give up then said George with a smile.”

“I forgot that you smoked George I’m sorry.”

“Don’t worry; I haven’t smoked since you came.”

“I only started after the death of my wife and children; I don’t feel the need to any more.”

“Why is that?

“I don’t really know Rose; maybe you have convinced me.”

“There’s no need to stop on my account.”

“I want to for myself.”


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