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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A young girl came into the café wearing the latest mini skirt that rode so high on her thighs that you could see the holes in her draws she was about five stones overweight and she tripped up on the greasy floor and a can of pop and three empty packets of Tudor crisps and two Marathon chocolate bar wrappers fell on the floor.

She got up then bent down to pick up her mess. “Look said Betty you can see the whole of her body now.

“She’s kiddin’ herself on isn’t she wearing gear like that. The girl wore a black cardigan to hide the excess fat on her arms.

She put the rubbish in the bin by the counter and when Micky came out ordered two bacon sandwiches and a diet coke and paid for them.

“Did I hear right; she asked for a diet coke?

The girl sat at the table two up from them with her diet coke and opened it. She then took her shoes off. The smell from her feet nearly made them all vomit.

Betty got up and went to her table.

Hey miss have you got odour eater’s in them shoes of yours?

“What said the girl who was growing another chin as she spoke?

 “I think your odour eaters have gone on a diet love like yourself pet; put your shoes back on; your feet stink.”

Micky brought out all the sandwiches then got a whiff of smelly feet as he went past.

“Who the hell is that?

Everyone in the cafe pointed at the girl who was now totally embarrassed she picked up the sandwiches from the counter and made a hasty retreat out of the café.

“Hey don’t forget your diet coke shouted Micky as she waddled down Saville Street.”

Micky came out with a bucket of Flash Cleaner; he mopped the floor where she had been and it took a good fifteen minutes before the smell disappeared.

 When the girls had all finished the went shopping in the co-op they went to the back of the shop where two women were arguing over the last loaf of Hovis as one of the women took hold of the top of loaf the other pulled on the bottom and the bag tore open and all the bread went all over the floor.

“Look what you’ve done.”

“What I have done said the other woman, it was your fault.”

“Serves you both right said Betty; had you not been so greedy you could have shared the loaf and your husbands might have had a sandwich to eat for their bait. As it is I wouldn’t eat that bread now; you know with dogs coming in here and trailing their bums across the floor and that.”

The women both dropped the slices they had picked up then left the shop.

“Where’s the OMO washing power don’t tell me they only have Daz said Ivy”

“This store is getting worse; every time I come here they’ve never got what you want.

“Can I help you madam said the store manager.” Who was a handsome young lad of about twenty two?

 “Yes you can help her undress laddie; she’s in dire need or so she tells me.”

“The young lad blushed then made him self scarce.”

“Here where ya OMO?

“The lad pointed then went to help another customer.


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