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.


17. 17

“You will be as big as a mountain if you carry on with this non stop exercising.

“Charles Atlas says a healthy body makes a healthy mind mam.” There is also a page on what foods to eat as well.

 “Can you get me some porridge oats I’m to eat a big bowl full every morning?”

“Aye Joe I will get you some porridge.”

“Use some of my money mam if you haven’t got enough he smiled.

“His mother gave him the glass of milk then his head went back into the magazine.

His father returned from work and kissed his wife then messed the curly hair on his sons head.

John was around five feet eleven inches tall but very athletically built he looked more like a runner than a body builder.”

“I see your new magazine has arrived?

“Aye said Joe and there’s some new exercises to do in it too Da.”

I think we will take you down to the YMCA on Monday night after school and get you a membership to the weight training they do there?

“Oh great Da’ will you really.”

“Aye I reckon I will; mind you, I’m not paying your subs each week mind.” That can come out of your pocket money.”

“Ill pay it don’t worry Da’

“Sally Kimber put out two huge platefuls of food for her husband and her son and just a small plate for herself.

Joe was eating as much or even more than his father these days as she looked on as the two of them devoured the meal.

John worked in the shipyard at the Neptune in Wallsend he was a welder by trade he worked long hours to bring in a wage for his family. Sally had a bad time during the birth of Joe who was over nine pounds when he was born. They had to use forceps to get him out. Sally swore after that she would never go through that again; so she had her tubes tied so that she could not have any more children.

John sat back after his meal contented.

“That was bloody gorgeous pet as usual.”

“I’ve made some tea if you’d like a cup?

“Why not Joe and I need something to wash that down with don’t we son?

“Aye Da’ we do.”

John drank tea from a pint pot to save him from having to refill it; Joe hoped that one day he too would have one to drink out of like his father.

“Right lad; get yourself to bed.” Does it say owt in that magazine about getting plenty of rest?’

“Aye it does but can I finish reading it in bed before I go to sleep please?

“Go on then, half an hour and then lights out; do you hear me?

“Aye mam; good night.” Good night Da’


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