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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Both singers signed copies of their albums and gave them to Irene who was by then totally blown away.

 When the concert was over Bobby took Irene to a Greek restaurant where they ate stuffed peppers with onions, garlic, and rice, served with Grey mullet and Greek salad with feta cheese, sprinkled with oregano, and olive oil.

Irene tried some ouzo but didn’t like it. The night had passed so quickly that before they knew it, it was ten past one in the morning. Irene had enjoyed being with Bobby alone for the first time since he had asked her to come and now she was beginning to warm to him. they walked along to the car but Bobby said he could get Alan his chauffeur to pick them up and take them back as he had drank quite a lot and didn’t want to drink and drive. Irene asked “do we have to? Mollie is being looked after by Colin and his wife is she not?”

“We could stay in a hotel tonight if you wish?

“That sounds good said Irene; where is the nearest hotel around here.

“I will call a taxi and get them to take us to a hotel.

They walked back up the road then found a phone box; after calling the taxi they waited on a bench near by. It was now getting cold; she began to shiver.

Bobby put his arm around her and she snuggled into him.

Bobby made no attempt to kiss her until she moved her head closer to his then looked into his blue eyes there lips brushed teasingly together for a split second then came together. Bobby’s kiss was warm and passionate. Even Jimmy her husband had never kissed her like that in the years they were married.

Eventually Irene came up for air and the two of them laughed; she wondered why Bobby had not tried to kiss her before now.

He had plenty opportunity to when Mollie was feeding the horses she thought.

Bobby was a gentleman and maybe he thought that it wasn’t right to kiss her in front of Mollie just yet.

The taxi came and they both got into the back.

“Can you take us to a good hotel?”

“Adelphi’s alright for you sir?

“Thank you yes.”


Mollie had fallen in love with Cassie the black Labrador dog and wanted to take her for a walk but she wasn’t allowed out for 24 hours after her inoculations.

Colin had taken her to muck out the stables again then put down fresh straw. Then she went with him on the tractor as he sprayed the onion field to protect against the onion fly that could decimate a crop if not treated. Tomorrow there was the red cabbage field’s to spray. “I will come with you Mr Sarin.”

“You may call me Colin since we are friends now and yes you can help me tomorrow.”

“We must milk the cows first then feed the animals again before we can go out on the tractor. “

“Now if you want to be a farmer then you must learn to go to bed early because it will be an early start again tomorrow.


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