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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It was in a magazine that I was readin’

“Don’t waste you money Agnes. “ You just can’t raise the dead.”

“It takes my man all his time to raise a smile; never mind owt else.

They crossed over onto Saville Street then walked along to the chemist shop where they got their perm solutions.

“Right it’s your turn to do wor hair first Ivy; I did them all last month so its round to yours for a cuppa and a bacon sandwich said Betty.

“Hey what do you mean I’m sure I did all the hairs the last time?”

“Come on now Ivy, you aren’t loosin’ your marbles already are you?

“I’m bloody sure I did them last time.”

Stop you arguing I’m absolutely clammin’ here.”

 “Me as well said Agnes.”

“Alright but I’m writing this doon in me diary.”

 “Don’t tell me you keep a diary Ivy?

“What’s wrong with that like? It was alright for Anne Frank wasn’t it?

“I swear your gannin ‘round the bloody twist woman. “

They reached Ivy’s house and she pulled the key that was attached to a log piece of string through the letterbox.

Betty went in and walked into the scullery and filled the kettle and lit the gas under it whilst Ivy got her Morphy Richards hair dryer out of her bedroom.

I’m first said Betty as Ivy took the special apron that came with the hair dryer.

“Here put this over your head and we will get started on yours.”

Betty put on the overall then tied the straps on each side.

Betty gave her the Twink perm solution and colour dye. She used a pair of scissors and snipped open the plastic bottles then removed betty’s head scarf; she poured the dye on her hair and using a pair of old Marigold rubber gloves massaged the dye into Betty’s hair then took out the old towel that she used for her own hair she tucked the towel in then started Agnes’s hair after betty removed the overall.

“Sure you want to go blonde Agnes?

“Too bloody late now, I bought it didn’t I?

“Your funeral; don’t blame me if you get a black eye to go with your blonde hair mind.”

“Just get on with it Ivy.”

“Agnes repeated the procedure whilst Betty poured out the tea. when Agnes was finished Betty did Ivy’s then they had to wait some twenty five minutes before the dye was rinsed out and then the conditioner was added and left for a further ten minutes before the perming solution was poured onto the hair after it had been put in pipe cleaners again the perm solution had to be left on then rinsed out and the hair could then be dried using the Morphy Richards dryer that was like a bag that could carried about until the hair was dry enough to brush out.

“Come on then Ivy, I made the tea so get the bacon on. I will butter the bread ready.

Ivy went into the fridge and took out a pack of Danish bacon. You knew it was as it had Danish written right through it. Or so it said on the TV advert.

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