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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Bobby, Irene, and Mollie danced the night away they ate steak, chicken, from the barbecue with freshly made salad and rice.

By twelve fifteen both Irene and Mollie were ready for bed so Bobby drove them back to the farmhouse where they had their own rooms.

Irene thanked Bobby for a wonderful day and bade him goodnight.

 

 

When the train arrived in Stirling; George picked up Roses bag whilst she carried the flowers from his allotment. Rose had used the clear cellophane and the red ribbon from the pot plant that George had bought her. They took a taxi to Clark Street.

Rose was apprehensive as she walked up the path to the house. George went with her and stood back to allow Rose to knock on the door. She steadied her self as she waited for someone to answer. She could see someone approaching from the inside and her heart began to pound in her chest.

“Hello said Rose; are you Mrs Cox?

“I’m sorry; Mrs Cox died about two years ago now. “Are you a relation?

“No; Mrs Cox was a foster mother to my daughter Cathy.

“Yes; I remember her she was a pretty little girl wasn’t she?

“Do you know where she is now?

“I’m sorry some people came and took her away but I’m sure Janice Barber next door will know because Mrs Cox and she were good friends.”

Thank you we will give her a knock.

George opened the gate then knocked on the door of Jan Barber’s house but there was no answer.

The neighbour came out when she saw that Rose had not got an answer.

“Is she not in then hen?

“No there’s no answer; she must be out.

“Well you can come in and wait if you wish; have you come far?

“We travelled from Newcastle this early this morning said George.

“Come in then and I will make you both a nice cup of tea.

Please take off your coat and leave your bags in the passage there.” I’m Edna by the way.

I’m Margaret Rose and this is George.”

Pleased to meet you both; please come in and sit down you must be tired after your trip.

“It was a bit cramped on the train but at least we had a seat.”

Edna put on the kettle then came back into the kitchen and sat down with her guests.

I don’t mean to pry Margaret but how did your daughter end up with Lizzie Cox?

It’s a long story Edna but my husband beat me up when I was pregnant and when Cathy was born I couldn’t work to look after her so she was taken off me and put into a foster home.

“How terrible you poor wee lassie.

Excuse me whilst I fill the tea pot. “Would you both like to try some of my fruit cake? “ I only made it yesterday its lovely and moist.”

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