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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“See you tomorrow then Irene.”


By the time Rose got back George was in his allotment he cut a cabbage, beetroot, carrots, leeks, onions, and green beans. The salad crops would be ready in another few weeks.

He hoed the weeds then gathered them up and put them on the bonfire he had going where all the garden waste was turned into either compost or pot ash.

Rose made George a sandwich with Shipham’s Sardine Paste. She looked for his flask but he must have taken it with him. Placing the sandwich into a brown bag she put it into her bag then went to get changed.

She removed the head square and brushed her hair out then put on a little make up and lipstick before rushing out to the allotment.

Rose opened the Iron Gate then went inside. She closed the gate behind her then counted the gardens as she walked until she saw George in the green house he was wrapping something in news paper.

She entered the garden then saw the tidy rows of uniformed vegetables and flowers.

This is beautiful said Rose as she stepped inside the greenhouse.

It’s so warm in here.

I have good news Rose; I’ve found Cathy.”

You haven’t; the tears began to well up in Roses eyes. Where is she?

She’s still in Stirling with a Mrs Cox on Clark Street.

“Oh George you wonderful man; I will never forget this.”

“We are going to collect her tomorrow I’ve booked our train tickets. “ We have to be at the station at 6.30am the train leaves at seven and it takes three hours to get there.”

I have cut some flowers you can take and here are some for you; red roses for my Rose.

Rose walked towards George and kissed him passionately on the lips. “You don’t need to do this Rose you know. She looked at George and said to him that he had made her the happiest woman alive.

“You know I love you Rose.”

“Yes; and I didn’t know it myself until now how much I love you too George.

“I know that I am older than you Rose but I swear I will look after you and Cathy.

“I know that you will and you are not old.

“Have you eaten because I made you a sandwich? It’s only sardine paste but it will put you off until you come home when I will make you something nice.”

George took the brown bag then handed Rose the flowers.

Rose smelled the freshly cut blooms then left through the gate.

“Dinner will be on the table at 8pm Love.”

“Alright I won’t be late Rose.”

Rose carried the flowers back to the house where she put the flowers for Mrs Cox in a bucket half filled with water and the roses into a vase and placed them in the middle of the dining table. Rose felt so happy she was going to see her daughter for the first time since she was two years old. Then other thoughts began to pop into Rose’s head and she began to wonder to herself if Cathy would remember her.

Would Cathy call Mrs Cox mammy she thought.

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