The Shieldsman

A story of four young boys growing up in the tower block of flats in Percy Main in North Shields. the story follows them through to adulthood through mischief and lost innocence, love, tragedy, and finally triumph. If you remember what it was like growing up as a child then this story is definitely one for you.


13. 13

“The farmer wants a wife, the farmer wants a wife.

E oh the adio, the farmer wants a wife.”

The wife wants a bairn, the wife wants a bairn,

E oh the adio the wife wants a bairn.

The bairn wants a dog,the bairn wants a dog.

E oh the adio the bairn wants dog.

The dog wants a bone, the dog wants a bone.

E oh the adio the dog wants a bone.



The girls changed over and the person who was in the middle swung the rope


Bubble car bubble car nineteen sixty five, I took it round the

Corner…..then took it for a drive.


When Agnes and Paul returned the skipping stopped and everyone came over to see what they had bought.

The bottle of Dandelion and Burdock was placed on the ground and then Paul passed Joe a bar of highland toffee. What else did you get?

“Well we bought some pineapple cubes, and some Sports mixtures.

Joe opened the pop and it fizzed up over his fingers. He was about to take a drink when Ralphie reminded him that it was always ladies first.

Agnes you went for the pop so you can take a drink first said Paul.

He passed her the bottle and Agnes trying to be as ladylike as possible took a drink but it went up her nose and she coughed and spluttered.

Paul put his hand into his pocket and pulled out a clean handkerchief. He handed it to Agnes who thanked him and wiped herself down.

Brenda, Anne, and Bella were more careful as they took a drink.

The lads apart from Paul were less dignified and gulped down the fizzy drink then burped loudly afterwards.

Paul used the hanky to wipe the neck of the bottle before taking his turn.

“We ain’t got the lurgy ya na Paul.”

“I never said that you did.”

Paul took his drink then put the bottle down and then passed the sweets around.

Joe had wolfed down his highland toffee but still ate some of the other sweets as well.

“Who’s for a game of truth or dare said Brenda grinning?

“Alright but we get to go first.

“Alright then said the girls giggling.

Joe spun the bottle and it landed on Brenda.

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