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.

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Sally asked her mother if she could go to the dance with Lizzy her sister and her mother agreed. Alan and Jimmy heads were both sixteen Joe was fourteen.

The dance was nothing like what she expected. It was Irish country dancing called a Ceilidh but she had so much fun doing the Bradford barn, Jigs, Reels, Hornpipes, Slip jigs, and Waltzes.

Sally danced the whole night away and had the time of her life.

After that Sally and John were regular visitors to the dances and their relationship grew. All through the Second World War they stayed together as they finished school and Sally went to work in a bakery shop in Whitley Bay and John started his apprenticeship as a welder.

There were engaged to be married when Sally was only eighteen and they were married two years later in St Peter’s Baulk Well where all her sisters had been married. Lizzie was her maid of honour, Denise Villaverde, and June Patterson her bridesmaids and both Alan, and Jimmy Heads were John’s best man. They held their reception in the Chirton Club as had all the rest of her siblings before her; they even used the same photographer. The Irish band called the Scuttle’s played a special Ceilidh for them; the music never stopped until closing time. It was the most memorable day of her life.

They got the keys to the flat in the tower on Murray Close and started their lives together.

 

 

Agnes smiled as Paul sang “Ye Holy Angels Bright” in the church of St Percy St John’s his soprano voice rang out around the acoustically perfect surroundings as the organist played a faultless rendition.

Agnes saw him outside after the service and told him how much she had enjoyed his singing.

“Are you going to the reservoir later asked Agnes?

“I expect so said Paul;

“I will see you there then Paul.”

“Alright I will see you later then.”

“Who was that asked Paul’s mam?

“She’s just a girl who we saw at the reservoir yesterday mam.”

“She seems to like you Paul; you should ask her to tea one afternoon.”

“Can I mam?

“Yes I don’t see why not.”

“What about tomorrow night?

“Alright son; after school.”

“Will you make a nice chocolate cake and some jam scones.

“Don’t worry Paul son; I will make it really special for you.”

 

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