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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Hello this is room 526 could we have two breakfasts sent up and some Coffee please.

“Certainly Mr Ross came the reply”

“Thank you.”

Bobby got out of bed naked then went to the bathroom with his clothes.

He began to sing one of Donovan’s songs as he washed himself and shampooed his hair. Once he had washed and dried himself, he put on his shorts and terry towelling robe and came back into the bedroom. There was a knock on the door and Bobby answered. It was room service with their breakfast. Bobby thanked the waiter and gave him a tip.
As they ate breakfast Bobby said he would take her shopping so that she could spoil herself and buy some new clothes. I must ring my mother and tell her that we are coming over to see her at the week end. “She is going to love you and Mollie.”

Again Bobby picked up the phone and asked for an outside line he rang his mother and told her he was coming over on Saturday and that he was bringing someone.

“Alright Bobby I look forward to seeing you, I’ll tell your father. “

“Thanks mum; see you soon.”

“There you go; it’s done.”

 Now bare with me love; I have to ring charley up at the factory Just to see how things are going?

Irene refilled Bobby’s coffee and gently kissed him on the neck before combing out her hair at the bedside mirror near the window. She stroked the brush through the long locks that came right down her back as she looked out onto the street below again it was beautiful out and even if it had been lashing down with rain she would have been happy.

Bobby finished his call and was about to get dressed when Irene took off her robe and stood before him.

Bobby pushed the trolley to one side and the two of them rolled and around on the bed making love for another half hour.

 

There was another knock on the door as they were dressing and Bobby answered it.

“Your trolley Sir said the waiter.”

Bobby asked him to wait then he brought it to the door. 

“Thank you sir; bobby closed the door then finished getting dressed.

Bobby paid the bill then asked if they could order them taxi.

“Right away Mr Ross.”

When the taxi arrived a few minutes later he asked the driver to take them back to where his car was outside of the Greek restaurant.

“Too much to drink then last night said the driver?

“Not that much but I do not like to drink and drive.”

“Very wise Sir said the Indian taxi driver; my brother in India lost his licence drink driving when he skidded into a man and his horse and cart carrying vegetables to the local market. He had to pay the man a thousand rupee’s as he killed his Jenny.

Oh how awful, he must have been devastated to lose his wife.”

The cab driver looked at Irene in a strange way until Bobby explained that a Jenny was a female donkey.

 

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