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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Jimmy lay hiding behind a large chimney stack as the two men climbed onto the roof.

Looking for a means of escape Jimmy jumped from building to building until he had nowhere else to go. He thought if he could climb along the guttering he could then reach the drain pipe that would lead him onto the street below where he could run into the Jungle Bar Hotel; it was a place of ill repute where prostitutes and foreign sailors frequented. Jimmy leaned over the edge then hung onto the iron guttering and was edging his way along he only had about six feet to go when the two Irishmen came upon him.

“You were warned to stay away from Katie Flynn but you wouldn’t listen would you.”

“Bugger off and let me go you bloody Irish Micks.”

“No can do. The two men stood on Jimmy’s fingers with their leather boots.

Jimmy screamed out and tried to hang on but the pain was too much and he fell twenty feet onto the cobbled street below. Jimmy’s arms flayed the air trying desperately to save him self. His head cracked like and egg as he hit the ground below with a thud and he died instantly. The two Irishmen turned back the way they had come and disappeared into the darkness of the night.

Jimmy’s body was discovered an hour later by a passer bye.

The police reported that Jimmy Johnson had been up on the factory roof stealing lead flashing when he fell to his death. Katie screamed when she found out she cried herself to sleep each night; she never spoke to her father again after that.


Katie Flynn left her father’s home and went to live in Cullercoats when her son James J. Flynn was born. Michael Flynn died of a heart attack a year later. Katie never attended her father’s funeral. She took a job in a day nursery where she met and married John Bradley a school teacher two years later.


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