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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“Look Geordie; I will pick you up we can go for a pint in the “Rat” then that will give wor lass time to get it ready for us.” “I will pick you up at twelve.”

George thanked his friend then headed off to the mission it was now twelve thirty and if he didn’t get there soon there would be no food left. The mission fed a lot of the fishermen that came from Poland, Scandinavia, and Scotland.

He grabbed the hand rail and walked up the steps and opened the door. He could smell the food as he walked down to the counter and saw Alice Hunter who was used to seeing him.

Hi George; do you want the special?

“Yes please Alice.”

“Go and find a seat and I will bring it over for you.”

Thanks Love he said as he turned smartly around; the hardest manoeuvre for a person with one leg to negotiate. Looking around he found a table and sat down.

The mission had some twelve tables that sat four people. Today it was almost full with seamen. He listened as he tried to make out the different languages being spoken.

On the walls of the mission that were painted white there were paintings of ships and boats that had been given by the sailors. There were also plaques on the wall honouring the men who had been lost at sea.

Alice brought his dinner over for him and he gave her three shillings and told her to keep the change.

“Thanks George said Alice as she brought him the salt and pepper and some red and brown sauce. There’s steak pie mash and peas today George and for pudding treacle sponge and custard.

George took off the flat cap and his jacket; he placed the cap into the jacket pocket then put it over the back of the chair then sat down again he picked up the salt and pepper and sprinkled it over his dinner then opened the HP brown sauce; he poured some over the steak pie then picked up his knife and fork. He cut into the crispy puff pastry  and the meat and gravy slowly fell away from the inside he placed a piece of he pie into his mouth and the juices from the meat hit his taste buds.

He chewed and swallowed. The pie was delicious as usual and the creamed mash potatoes with butter and milk were nice as well he took a piece of pie and some of the peas and mash onto his fork then filled his mouth again. He was hungry because there was no bread in the house and he reminded himself that he must get a small loaf on the way home. When he had finished his dinner he pushed his plate away then got started on his pudding.

The treacle sponge was light and the custard not too thick and the sweetness of the treacle made his taste buds sing again.

When he was finished Alice brought him a pot of tea with some milk, sugar, and a tea spoon. She asked if he had enjoyed his food.

“Beautiful as usual my love; he said flatteringly.”

Alice walked away contented as George poured himself a mug of tea. He spooned in two sugars then added some milk from the stainless steel mini jug then stirred it with the spoon.

Then George took out his backy tin that had bee carefully decorated with matches from his Swan Vesta’s that had been stuck down then lightly sanded and then a

 

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