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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“Have you won then George?

“My first horse won at 50-1. I only need one more winner for a double.

Rose was wearing a lovely a navy coloured dress; one that she had made herself.

“Are we ready then George?”

Just a second rose I think Armadillo just won; he turned up the radio where it was confirmed.

“I’ve got a 100-1 double Rose.”

“Very Good George what does it mean?

“Never mind love, come on we are going to be late for the pictures.”

 “Are you ready Cathy?

“Yes mam, I’m just turning off my record player.”

“That Mrs Best complained about Cathy playing her music because her husband wanted to sleep. “ The lazy bugger doesn’t even work.”

“I mean I understand if it were late at night George but come on; at three thirty in the afternoon she has got to be joking.”

Cathy was putting on her coat as they left the house and walked along the street then turned right onto Billy Mill Avenue then down to the Rex. They walked up the steps to the picture house then paid their money to get in the curtain was moved to one side and the usherette with her flashlight took them to their seats near the front.

The Pathe News feature was on before the film started and they talked about how they had sent a monkey and a dog into space in a rocket. “A complete waste of money if you ask me said a couple next to them.”

Then a report from the Rome Olympic Games flashed up and a brash young boxer called Cassius Marcellus Clay was being interviewed after winning the light heavyweight gold medal. He was being talked about as the fastest most charismatic sportsman of his generation.

The curtains closed for a few minutes and the lights came on so that the projectionist could change the film reels.

Then the late comers rushed to get to their seats before the lights went down and the film started. George had read the Swiss Family Robinson by J D Wyss as a boy, which was loosely based on Daniel Dafoe’s true story Robinson Crusoe.

The book was a tale of morals and good family values. Good husbandry, the use of Natural resources, and the natural world. Four Family Members, Jack, Elizabeth, and their two children Ernst and Fritz are ship wrecked and use barrels to reach and island in the East Indies. They rescue animals and domestic birds, they learn to cultivate their own crops and how to build things in order to survive, but most of all they learned to work together as a family. However the film was completely different from the book and really didn’t live up to expectation. John Mills and Dorothy McGuire starred in the Disney film and it turned into a comedy.

Cathy and Rose enjoyed it though. The second feature “The Alamo” again it strayed from the truth. John Wayne and a host of other stars glorified the movie.

George was glad when the film was over because it was long and drawn out.

 It was ten o’clock when the came out and they walked back home.

“I will have to water my garden tomorrow Rose.”

“Maybe I could come along George said Cathy.”

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