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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After they had all eaten they were about to leave when the owner and all of his staff asked for a photograph beside his Silver Cloud Rolls Royce.

Bobby Ross duly obliged them. Then they got into the car and Mollie again waved like the Queen and Bobby too as the car turned around slowly in the car park then drove away. When they reach the farm at Creswell there was an open market and a fair going on.

“Look! mam there’s some pony’s and there’s some sheep.

“Mollie has never seen real horses or farm animals.

“Well you are going to see them all today Mollie; would you like that?

“Yes please.”

The driver pulled in at the farm house and Irene and Mollie got out. Irene if you and Mollie would like to look around the market I am going to change into something more comfortable.

“I brought a change of clothing too Bobby but I forgot about Mollie.

Ok come with me Mollie. Colin Sarin the farm manager came out to greet them and Bobby introduced him to Irene and Mollie.

“Can Irene change whilst I go and get little Mollie something to wear?

“If you would like to come with me Irene; I will show you where you can change.”

Mollie held Bobby’s hand and skipped along as they went to the market stalls.

“There are a lot of people here Colin; do you hold one of these events regularly?

 “Yes we hold one every month they are very popular here.”

Colin led Irene to a room where she could freshen up and change.


Bobby found some jeans, riding boots, and a little red top that Mollie chose herself then he brought her back so she could change into them.

Irene asked if she could pay Bobby for the clothes but he was having none of it.

“You look right at home here with those clothes on.”

“Do you approve then Bobby?

“I sure do, you are going to be the envy of every woman here tonight.”

“Would you excuse me whilst I change; if you could get Mollie ready then we will show her the animals.”

I thought this day was about me Bobby?

“I’m sorry Irene have I neglected you? I just didn’t want Mollie feeling left out.”

“I promise you will have my undivided attention later.”

Bobby left them and went into the farm house whilst Irene took Mollie in to get changed too.

Bobby hung up his suit then went to the bathroom and took a quick shower then had another shave then sprayed himself  with some Mennen deodorant and aftershave.

He put on a white shirt and some Levi jeans and a pair of black leather cowboy boots that he had worn many times before. He took out his black cowboy hat and black leather belt that had a picture of a wild bronco engraved on it.

He checked himself in the full length mirror; he opened another button on the shirt to reveal a gold chain.

He looked in the draw and found his gold watch and ruby signet ring.


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