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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“I’m sorry.” My parents were killed too; The Germans bombed the shipyard on the Clyde where my father worked and then my mother was killed in France. She was a nurse.”

“Seems like we both have had our share then?

“Aye you are right there.”

“Are you living here?

“Aye I’m staying at The Golden fleece Hotel.”

“Do you like it there?

“Oche no; the landlord is a right old letch he keeps putting his hands on me and patting my bum.”

“The dirty bugger eh?

“Aye she giggled.”

“Look, please don’t think me forward; but if you like I have a spare room and you are welcome to stay; all I ask is that you do a bit of cleaning for me.”

“What about rent?

“There would be no rent Rose.”

“You don’t have to make up your mind right now you can think about it but if you need to know about me ask Alice behind the counter she knows me.”

George handed her a piece of paper with his address on it then said good bye.

Walking up the road a van stopped; it was Tom Hadaway. “Are you going home?

“Yes via the bookies on Front Street.”

“Jump in and I will give you a lift.”

George walked around to the passenger side and got in.”

“Enjoy your dinner then?

“Yes it was very nice as always.”

“Well don’t forget Sunday mind; said Tom as he turned onto West Percy Road and passed Ralph Gardner School where they had both went to as boys.”

Then he turned right up to Silky’s Lane then left onto Front Street. Tom dropped Tom off at Chambers bookmakers.

“See you on Sunday Geordie.

“Thanks again Tom.”

“George waved a Tom pulled away; he lived in Percy Main in Hunters Close.”

George walked in to see a couple of people who lived across the road from him.

He went to the counter then put on his bet then gave Sylvia Hislop the thirty bob.

He checked his bet before leaving the shop because there was a big sign telling him that mistakes could not be rectified later.

He came out of the bookies then went home. George lived on the Quadrant in a two bed roomed house just next to St Peter’s Balkwell Church. His allotment was only three houses along so he didn’t have far to walk.

He got in and turned on the television set to see if the racing was being shown. It wasn’t on BBC so he sat down in his arm chair then picked up a book that he was reading. He turned to the page where he had left off in Boris Pasternak’s book Dr Zhivago.

He had read about a hundred pages when he heard the front door.

He got up and went to answer it.

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