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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When George returned fro the garden he had brought some salad vegetables with him so Rose set to work washing them in the stone sink.

“Have you settled in yet Cathy?

“Yes Mr Wilkinson.

“Look Cathy I want you to call me George okay, I am not your father I know; but I could be a good friend if you will let me.”

“Thank you George.”

“Cathy was asking if you had a record player George.”

“I have a handy gram which plays albums and singles; I could rig it up in your room if you wish.

“Oh could you George that would be great, thanks.”

George left the scullery to go to his room where he looked in his wardrobe and at the bottom he found what he was looking for he pulled out the handy gram.

Inside was the plug so he plugged it in and sure enough it was still working.

“I’ve found it he said to Cathy; do you want to help me put it on the table in your room.

“Cathy came out then followed George into the room.”

“Have you hurt your leg?

“Yes didn’t your mam tell you; I lost a leg during the war.

“The whole leg George?

“No, just below the knee joint.

Cathy moved the table and he set it down onto the table then plugged it in and showed her how to use it.

Did you bring any records with you?

“Yes but only a few.

Okay then let’s play them he lifted the plastic record holder and when Cathy brought George the records he placed them onto the turn table then set the holder so that the records didn’t all drop at the same time.

He clicked the button and the turntable went around and the first record dropped.

The sound of Hank Marvin and the Shadows came on and George turned up the volume. It’s “Wonderful Land” said George.”

“How do you know?

“I listen to the radio you know, I’m not that old.”

“There you are you can play your music now.”

“Thanks George”

“Tomorrow I will take you into North Shields to” Disque the record shop where you can buy some more records as your collection is very sparse.”

“Will you George that would be great.

“I will take you to my favourite eating place as well. It was where I met your mother.”

“Tell me then.”

George sat down on the side of Cathy’s bed and began to explain.

Well your mother had no where to sit and my table was the only one with a spare seat so I asked her to sit with me and we got talking we seemed to have so much in common.

I liked her right away; but I didn’t think she would have anything to do with a one legged man.

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