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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Katie Flynn finished working she was now beginning to show since the last time he had seen her.

“Katie he shouted through the rain as it dripped from his dark hair and rolled down his face and onto his jacket.

“She saw him; her brolly shielded her from the rain as she walked towards Jimmy.

“What are you doing here; if my father were to find out you know what he said?

“I am not afraid of your father he is only one man who makes empty threats.”

Jimmy kissed her on the mouth; she responded to his kiss. She had missed him. Katie loved him as much as he loved her.

“Can you get out tonight?

“I don’t know Jimmy, but I will try

“Come to Albert Robinson’s house tonight he is going out and we can be alone.

“What time should I come?

“Say 7pm; he lives at number 59 Clive Street.

“Alright Jimmy I will be there; she kissed him briefly then walked up the bank to Dockwray Square.”

 Jimmy walked off in the opposite direction satisfied that he was going to see Katie again.

When he got in he told his friend that Katie was coming to see him. Albert was not happy; he told him that if he brought trouble to his door then he would be out on his ear.”

“They are empty threats from a so called IRA man.” Come on Albert, if he was so well in with the IRA what the hell is he doing in North Shields? Surely he would be in Ireland with his own kind.”

“Aye you’re right; but I would still be careful.”

“Hey man; I’m Jimmy Johnson remember? nobody’s going to catch me.

“Right I’m off to have a bath.”


A head moved from behind the Evening Chronicle as Katie returned from work.

“Is it still raining out there?

“Yes Da,’ are you going out?

“Yes I’m going to the Corvette to play dominoes with a couple of friends.

“May go to Doreen Laws house tonight then Da’?

“I suppose so but don’t be late.

“Yes Da’

“There’s some stew in the pot if you want some.”

“Thanks Da’ I’m going to have a bath and get changed first.


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