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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They boarded and then looked for D26 their seats. They sat opposite each other in the seat with a table. They were the only two seats on the train that couldn’t be occupied by anyone else. All the rest in the carriage had two seats on each side.

Sot on 7am the guard blew the whistle and the train pulled slowly away.






On the Sunday lunch time you could feel the excitement between Mollie and her mother as they waited to be picked up by Bobby Ross.

Mollie had her hair in a pony tail with a yellow ribbon to match the dress that she was wearing. Irene was wearing a new sixties style mini skirt and high heels but she had packed a pair of jeans and some boots with a red checked short sleeved shirt.

What she wasn’t expecting was a chauffeur driven Rolls Royce.

The number plate read ROSS1 Everyone in the street came to the door as Bobby Ross knocked on the door.

Bobby was wearing a grey suit with flared bottoms and black Beatles type boots.

His white shirt was neatly pressed and he wore black tie to match his boots.

Irene came to the door and Bobby Looked at her and said you look stunning madam and you carriage awaits.

You could almost hear the chins of the neighbours drop as Irene and her daughter got into the Rolls Royce.

It pulled away slowly from the kerb and headed up to the coast road.

Bobby opened a draw in the car and put his hand inside and brought out a bag of toffees for Mollie, a bottle of lemonade and a straw.

Thank you Mr Ross. Then Bobby opened the cabinet where there was a mini fridge with a bottle of champagne and two flute glasses. Bobby expertly opened the champagne then placed it into an ice bucket then put a fresh strawberry in the glasses after pouring the Dom Perignon.

“You certainly know how to spoil a girl Bobby.”

“Did you ring you boss and tell him that you needed time off?

“Actually He’s given me a week paid leave.

“Really That was really good of him he lied; what Bobby had done was ring her boss and asked him if he could allow Irene a week off and he would pay her time and he promised to increase his order.

Her boss nearly snapped his hand off when he told him who he was.

Mollie was looking out of the window of the Rolls and waving like the Queen as they went past other cars on the motor way.

Bobby was cracking up with laughter and began to copy Mollie which brought a smile from Irene.

“You are incorrigible Bobby Ross.”

Bobby picked up the phone and asked the chauffeur to stop at the next service station. Then he asked Mollie what her favourite food was and she replied Fish and Chips.

“Okay we are going to have fish and chips aren’t we Irene?

“You are in charge”

Mollie jumped up and down in her seat then asked if she could have ice cream too.

“You cannot have fish and chips without ice cream right Mollie?

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