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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She went to the room that Colin had shown her and put on her pyjamas then slipped under the covers. Mollie was asleep in no time with all the fresh air she had been out in.


George and Rose came outside of Gretna Green as man and wife they stood under the arched kissing Gate where George took Rose in his arms. “I’m going to make you the happiest woman in the world Mrs Wilkinson.”

It felt strange not being called Garbutt anymore but she liked her new surname.

If she could only take her daughter home it would make her life complete. She looked at her watch and it was only eleven thirty so they all went back to the Glenmoore for the reception. Everyone toasted their happiness.


Later that afternoon after they had both changed George and Rose took another taxi to St Ninians Park where they sat waiting on a bench at four o’clock they saw a car pull in and a young girl got out with Amy Fox from the welfare office. She wanted to run to her daughter and scoop her up in her arms but restrained herself.

Cathy was beautiful and was going to be tall too.

“Hello Cathy, said Rose when Amy brought her to the park bench.

“My you have grown so much since I saw you last.”

Cathy looked at her mother then said; “Why did you leave me mammy? I thought then that you were never coming back.

“She remembers me thought Rose as she tried to explain why she couldn’t keep her and about her father going back to Jamaica. Your father didn’t love me anymore Cathy so we got divorced and now I have married George.

“Congratulations said Amy Fox.” When did this happen?

“About four hours ago at Gretna Green.

“That makes a lot of difference to this case Rose; we now know that you have a stable home environment where Cathy, if she wishes can live.”

“Would you like that Cathy asked Amy; would you like to go and live with your mother?

“I don’t know, Mrs McClendon has been very nice to me.”

“But Mrs McClendon is not your real mother Cathy; you do not have to decide now; please have a think about it.”

“Is there anywhere you would like to go for tea Cathy asked Rose?

“There’s a Wimpy bar not far from here can we go there?”

“Yes of course; “This is George by the way Cathy; he is a good man as you will find out soon enough.”

“Hello George said Cathy.”

“This is for you Cathy said Rose as she handed Cathy a large paper bag.

“What is it?

“Why don’t you open it and find out?

Cathy carefully un- wrapped the large package to reveal presents from every birthday that her mother had missed. She sat and read every birthday card before placing them into the bag again.

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