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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He then stopped the tractor and asked Mollie to take the controls. She did as Colin had done then listened as Colin gave her instructions.

“I’m driving she shouted.” Keep her in a straight line now Mollie, you’re doing just fine.” When they got to the end he showed her how to turn the tractor and line it up with the next row.

Mollie sprayed the whole field and when she was done wanted to do another.

“We have to go to the water tap over there and fill up the tank now Mollie so drive her over there on the right can you see that big old hose pipe there?

“Yes I can see it well that’s where we need to be. Once Mollie got there Colin asked her to go forward a little then showed her how to reverse. Mollie took to driving like a duck to water. There was no stopping her and she would have carried on all night if it hadn’t been for Colin’s intervention. They washed their hands at the next water pipe and dried them on a towel which Colin had brought. Then they sat under the hedgerow and eat their dinner. It’s still light Colin said Mollie; we could do another field before heading back; it’s only four thirty. Okay then one more field then we must head back. They filled up the tank with water then mixed the solution into the tank before Mollie mounted the tractor with Colin and off they went.”

“You know what said Colin?


“I think you are going to be one hell of a farmer; you learn so quickly.

“You really think so Colin?

“I really do.

“I cannot wait to tell all of my friends about this. “ They are going to be so jealous of what I’m going to be doing here.”

“Please don’t tell your mom or Mr Ross that I let you drive the tractor or he will give me the sack.”

“Don’t worry Colin I won’t.

“Come on then let me drive the tractor back.”

It was six fifteen when they returned and Carol asked Mollie to get into a bath that she had run for her.

I hope that you haven’t being showing that girl how to drive the tractor Colin mind?

“No she just sat and watched me he lied then winked at Mollie as she went to the back of the cottage to the bathroom.



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