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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John Kimber was given one of the photos from Eric Sanderson and Eric asked Joe to sign the others.

Joe put his Jumper back on then his coat. He sat and watched as Bob Curry did a dead lift.

We will have a little chat Joe about the do’s and don’t s of weight training. Rule one; never lift any weight on your own. Weights can be very dangerous; you could not only injure yourself but someone near you in the process.

Rule two. If you do lose the bar by over rotating let go immediately understand. I have seen many back injuries through holding onto a bar like that.

Rule three; never accept any substances that someone may give you to enhance your lifting. You will be banned for life if caught.

Rule four. Always listen to your trainer; he knows you and what you are capable of.

Rule five; to be the best you have to think that you are the best. Don’t ever be over shadowed by the success of others. Just reach for the stars and glory will be yours.

“I will give you this diet sheet that you need to follow.

“Don’t worry about the cost of the meat or protein drinks John; after the newspapers get a copy of this; they will be knocking your door down to sponsor your son I can tell you.”

Rule six and most important. “Keep your feet firmly on the ground and do not let success go to your head.” “Now get home and get some sleep and I will see you here at seven on Wednesday.

“Thank you Mr Sanderson.”

“Now that we are going to be friends you can call me Eric.”

“See you on Wednesday then Eric.”

John led Joe back up the stairs and out of the building.

Eric turned to the other lads and said you know what I like about that kid?

“What said Bob as did some dumbbell raises.

“He doesn’t know the talent that he has; can you imagine what Joe Kimber is going to be like by the time he is sixteen.

“We never thought of that, it’s hard to believe that he’s only eleven.”

“I wish I was half as good as that kid when I was his age.”

“You can include us on that as well I think Eric.”

“Keeping a hold of a talent like him is going to be difficult though.

“He is an impressionable young boy; let’s hope he is loyal like you are to me.


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