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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Rose stepped off the bus with George; they ended up in Whitley Bay.

“Where are we going asked Rose?

 “Just follow me you will see.”

George crossed the road then went into the Rex Hotel they went down the stairs into the ballroom where there was a Jazz group on called Rhythmic Sync.

“How did you find out about this place?

“A friend from Newcastle University told me about it he comes here quite a lot.

He brings his wife so they coming tonight. I will introduce you to Sharon Turner when she comes with Robert.

“Right what would you like to drink?

“I don’t really drink George; what would you suggest?

 I will get you a cocktail.

George went to the bar to order the drinks; the bartender started to mix a variety of things in a shaker then poured it into a tall glass.

George bought himself a pint of McEwen’s best scotch.

He was on his way to the table when his friend came in with his wife.

“Robert, Sharon lovely to see you; please come over and join us; there’s someone I want you to meet. Robert and Sharon came to the table where Rose was sitting down but stood up when George came over.

Rose said that she was pleased to meet them both they all sat back down.

“Now Robert, what can I get you both to drink?

“Scotch for me George; what would you like dear.

“That cocktail that Rose is sipping on looks nice; could I possibly try one?

“What is actually in that and what is it called?

It is called a Peek a Boo Raspberry and it’s made with Raspberry Juice, Cranberry juice, sugar cane, and champagne.”

Wow! That sounds absolutely scrummy George.”

George went to the bar again where he ordered the drinks; the barman seemed pleased that his choice of cocktail was being reordered.

He brought the drinks over then sat down.

Sharon sipped the cocktail and the said; I do like your choice George you have excellent taste.

“So tell me George; where did you meet this young lady?

She was staying in lodgings when we met she was looking for other employment; Rose wishes to start her own business; isn’t that right Rose?

“Yes Rose answered after a long pause.

“I intend to invest in her business venture where I believe she will corner a market that has not been explored.

“Do you know of any properties going at the moment Sharon?

“I can look into it for you if you wish?

“Would you Sharon? “ That is so kind of you isn’t it Rose?”

“Yes it is, thank you Sharon.”

“Right Rose, would you care to dance?”

“Will you be alright to dance with you know?

“I will show you a thing or two young lady; now get up”

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