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 have asked Colin to bring Mollie over at two so she can meet my parents before you leave. “You will have to excuse me though because I have got to show Alex around the kitchen and the estate or we will get no lunch today and that wouldn’t do would it.

“Bobby threw on a red polo necked sweater over his black flared trousers then put on a pair of platform soled boots. He combed his hair that was now on his shoulders and curlier than hers. He kissed Irene before he left.

Walking through to the glass atrium he made his way to the kitchen where Alex had already started with his team preparing breakfast for all the guests.

There was an array of things to eat; from kippers, devilled kidneys, scrambled, boiled; and fried egg. There was bacon, hams and cheeses. Copious amounts of toast and jams of different varieties.

“I see you have found the kitchen Alex?

Yes Sir and it is like you said; huge.”

“Has your team settled in?

“Yes Sir; Service Alex shouted and the waiters and waitresses were there in an instant and took the food into the large dinning area. Every one wore the new uniforms that were given them with the Ellingham Hall logo on the left hand side and the same on the hats that they all had.

Bobby had a badge embroidered on Alex’s uniform with head chef in gold thread underneath his name.

I am amazed at how fast you got these uniforms made for us.”

“Like I told you Alex; I’m a man that gets things done.”

“Come, I will introduce you to our guests.”

Alex followed Bobby as he made his way into the hall where over sixty guests were enjoying their breakfast.

“Excuse me my Lords Ladies’ and Gentlemen, may I introduce you all to my new chef Alex Jones and his wonderful team; who I am sure will look after you all.

I assure you that the food this man will cook for you will be of the highest quality and will be deserved a Michelin Star. “You see I have followed Alex Jones’s career and I knew he was going places. “ I now have him and I’m sure you will agree with me that this young man is a talented individual is he not?

“Here, here, said the guests as the tinkled their glasses with their spoons.


“You have given me a reputation to live up to Sir and I promise you I will not let you down.”

“Now come with me and I will show you the gardens and the orchards where you can collect all the fresh produce you need from Simon Smith who is my head gardener. “ You will liaise with him and work out your seven day menu; “which will be changed every week so that it will keep the guests here as long as possible.”

 “Yes Sir;

“You are going to be a very rich man Alex if you work hard and keep my guests coming back.


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