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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She looked at herself in the mirror then looked away and ran the hot water tap

She picked up the bar of Camay soap and began to wash her face.

 Towelling herself dry Rose put on the overall then ran a brush through her hair then tied it back using a few hair clips Then put on the head square and secured that too.

George had made her some toast with Robertson’s Marmalade. She drank her tea then told George that she had to catch the ten to six bus or she would be late for work.

“If I’m not in when you get back I will be in the allotment. It’s the third garden down on the right.”

“See you then Geordie.”

“Bye Rose.”

George looked out of the front window to see Rose crossing the road. She didn’t have to wait long before the bus came and she got on it.

George looked in the phone directory until he came to his church over the road and Fr Andre Fairley answered after a conversation with the vicar of the church he was given the number of the church of St Ninian’s in Stirling.

He dialled the number that Fr Fairly had given him.

“Hello; Fr Andrew McDonald speaking.”

“Hello Father Andrew this is Dr George Wilkinson here from North Shields. I was wondering if you could help me. I’m trying to trace a little girl that may have been baptised in your church. George gave the name of the girl and the name of her mother.

“What was the name of the father?”

“Gerald Garbutt.”

“Just a moment Doctor; I will check the baptism book here.

“George waited whilst the vicar checked the register.

“Hello Doctor, yes there is an entry for Cathleen Garbutt 1955.

Do you have an address please?

“She is registered with a Mrs Cox; at number 127 Clark Street.”

“Thank you Fr Andrew you have been a great help.”

George replaced the receiver then picked it up again; “Operator have you got a phone number for a Mrs Cox 127 Clark Street Stirling in Scotland.

“Just hold caller said the operator as George took his pen and a piece of paper from the draw.”

“Hello the number you require is 01786- 597542

“Thank you.”

“Now could you transfer me to the ticket office in Central Station Newcastle please?

“Transferring your call now sir.

“Thank you.”

“Hello ticket office; how can I help.

George found out what time the earliest train to Sterling was then booked two tickets.

George sat back pleased at how fast he had managed to trace the child.


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