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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George showed her Lord Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood’s monument and told her all about him as he had done Rose when first they met. George told her about Tynemouth, Cullercoats, and Whitley Bay.

“I should like to see those said Cathy.”

 “After lunch we will be getting your records so it will have to be another day.”

 They walked up to the priory where George gave her the history of the castle and the monastery. “You were right when you said that this place has a lot of history.” They jumped back on a bus which took them back to where they ha first got of except this time he took her down Bedford Street then turned right passed the Neville and walked down onto Saville Street where George took her to Disque the record shop.

Cathy browsed around the shop for and hour.

“Have you chosen any then said George?

“Yes, but I have no money.”

George gave her five pounds and told her to get the records that she wanted. She bought six discs which cost two pounds twelve shillings and eight pence.

She bought Cathy’s Clown by The Everley Brothers, Eddie Cochran “Three Steps to Heaven, Cliff Richard “Please Don’t Tease” The Shadows “Apache, Roy Orbison “Only the Lonely” and Ricky Valence “Tell Laura I Love Her”

The young lad in the shop put them into a bag and then gave her the change. She was going to give it to George but he told her to keep it.

They crossed the road after coming out of the record shop and went into Martin’s bank where George paid in the cheque that he had won from the horses and dogs.

By then it was ten past twelve so they headed back to the Mission to meet Cathy’s mother.

When they arrived Alice said “I hear congratulations are in order.” Well done George Rose is lovely and I hope that you will both be happy together.

“Thanks Alice; this is Roses daughter Cathy.

“Well hello Cathy and what would you be wanting for your dinner?

“Do you have Chips?

“Yes darling and what would you like with them?

“I just want a plate of chips please.”

“Righty oh then Cathy just take a seat. Now what can I get you?

” Two specials and a pot of tea Alice please. Rose will be in any minute.”

“I know she called in to tell me you got married; I’m so pleased for you both.

“There she is now look.”

 Rose came in the café and you could smell the kippers.

“Oh mam the smell, yuck; I hate the smell of kippers.”

“Sorry love but at the moment this is how I make a living. I cannot allow George to fork out all the time.

“Did you get your records then?

“Yes; George kindly bought them for me.”

“That was nice of you love.”

Alice brought them their dinner which was steak and kidney pudding with cabbage turnip and peas. For pudding you have jam rolly poly.”

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