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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Betty had got her shopping then told Ivy and Agnes to hurry up. Have you seen the gravy browning anywhere?

“No; your not still using that on your legs are you?

“Of course; it comes in handy when my stockings get that laddered I cannot darn them.

Hurry up will you we are going to miss the one o’clock show.

“It only just gone twelve.” I know that Agnes but I want to get a parcel of chips for our dinner. “You can buy the fish cakes Ivy, and I hope you’ve got some sauce and piccalilli in the house.”

 “I have don’t worry.”

They hurried along to Macy’s fish and chip shop after paying for the shopping at the co-op. “I swear that bloody store is getting dearer. Roll on the next election and we can vote this Tory lot out. They could smell the chip shop as they got nearer to it and luckily for them the ship yard workers hadn’t come up the bank yet.

Give me a parcel of chips with plenty batter on Mary and three fish cakes for Ivy. I will pay for the chips.

“That’ll be one and sixpence Betty. Did you put plenty batter on and salt and vinegar?

“I did Betty.

I heard about your bingo win last night.”

“Well if my man comes in diven’t tell him.”

“I won’t don’t worry.”

 “Good lass.”

They left the Fish shop and crossed the road when Mrs Roper came out of Pallister’s second hand shop.

“Eeh hello Betty I heard aboot ya big win on the bingo and the bandit last night.

“Bugger me the world and my bloody aunt knows I won at the bingo by the looks of things.

“Aye an a bet your man knows noo anal.”

Well we cannot sand here talking’ Ada we have loads of money to spend haen’t we girls

“Aye Betty; you just paid six months rent this morning and now we are all having fish and chips aren’t we?

“Six months rent?

 “Aye, Ada what have you been floggin’ to pay your rent then; we saw you in the bingo last night anal.” 

“Does you man no you were oot last neet then?

“Got to go as Tommy will be home for dinner.”

“Hurry up now said Betty or you get your eye blacked.

The girls all laughed as Ada scurried away down the street.

“That shut her cake hole up.”

 “Come on Ivy get your key out the letterbox; the chips are going to be cold.”

Ivy opened the door and they went into the house.

They all went into the scullery where the fishcake and chips were shared out Ivy got the piccalilli from the cupboard then took out a fork from the drawer.

Agnes you are going to have to hide my money somewhere because if Bill finds it there will be hell on.”

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