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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Bobby asked if they had all enjoyed the seafood from the Fish Bowl.

It was lovely dear; how did you find this place?

 I met a friend on business mother and he brought me here.

“Would you like me to ask the chef to come and work for you?

 “That’s a good idea Bobby.”

“Give me a moment.

Bobby walked up to the counter and asked to see the chef.

Someone shouted for Alex and he came out.

“Do you think we could have a word in Private Alex?

“Yes come through into the kitchen I have an office.

Bobby walked through to see several staff cleaning the kitchen that was obviously finishing off for the evening.

 “How many covers have you done tonight Alex?

“Since this afternoon, or this evening Sir?


“One hundred and ten covers.”

“Do you only cook seafood or can you cook any thing?

“I am a fully qualified chef; trained to the highest standards by Keith Floyd.

“Very good; now I would like to know how much they pay you here Alex.

“I think that is my business don’t you?

“Okay Alex, I will make this simple for you; If you come and work for me at Ellingham Hall I will double you salary and you can bring your staff that you know and trust with you.”

Why do you think I want to leave here Mr?

“Ross, Bobby Ross.” I think you could do better else where and where your food would be appreciated and I would help you to achieve a Michelin Star.

“How do you know that I haven’t already got one?

“Because if you had one Alex; you wouldn’t be working here in this place, you would own your own restaurant.”

 “Alright I’m interested.”

 “Bring your staff tomorrow up to the Hall and I will show you around your brand new Kitchen which by the way is about four times bigger than this and fully stocked.

“Why do you need a chef so urgently, Mr Ross?

“Because I sacked him and his entire staff tonight because he was fiddling and he nearly poisoned us with sea food that even a cat would not touch. Does that answer your question?

“I want someone who I can trust to buy and serve the best quality food that my foreign guests will come back for time and time again. You will answer to no one but me. I expect the best from you Alex Jones.”

“You know me?

“I make it my business to find out about people so they do not let me down.”

Alex put out his hand and Bobby Shook it.

“Welcome aboard Alex; I have a feeling that you will go far. How old are you?

“I’m twenty eight Mr Ross.


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