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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The bus pulled away then headed towards the Quadrant then to Burt Avenue where it stopped at a T junction; the driver looked both ways making sure that the road was clear before pulling out and turning right.

The smell of fish and chips hit Joe’s nostrils and his stomach began to rumble as they passed the Pineapple pub then the meadow dairy.

John got up then pressed the red button above his head and walked to the doors to await the driver to open them.

Joe could see the light on in the scullery of his house as they crossed the road then hurried to the subway.

“Bugger me it’s flooded Joe come on we are going to have to climb over the railings.

“Can you manage it Da’?

“Cheeky monkey; ill show you lad. Joe took hold of the top rail then vaulted over the top of the fence. Joe struggled to climb up so his father pulled him up and over.”

“Race you to our house said Joe who was already running as his father bounded after him. Joe reached the door then took the flights of stairs to the top as if he was walking on air once at his own door he waited until he could see his father coming up and shouted down to him “come on old man!

This spurred his father into a second wind and he took the remaining stairs two at a time.

“He was clearly out of puff by the time he reached his son.”

“I’m going to have to do some training with you Joe I’m definitely getting slow.

“Well if you pack the boozer in put on a track suit; you can come runnin’ wi me.

“Aye that would be summut’ wouldn’t it; father and son trainin’ together.”

“I would like it Da’ and so would mam I bet.”

John turned the key in the lock then they both went inside.

“Hey Sal’ where are you?

“Do you know our son just broke the British junior record for the bench press tonight?

“Never in the World; did you Joe?

“That’s what Eric said.”

“Eric who?

The instructor at the weightliftin’ gym; he’s called Eric Sanderson mam and he’s really nice.

“Da’ says he going to come trainin wi me.

“I believe it when I see it John Kimber you couldn’t run for a bus these days.

“Aye I agree but in a couple of months you’ll see.”

“There’s a new man inside here just waitin’ to get oot.” John got up and struck a bodybuilders pose. Both Joe and his mother began to laugh.”

I’ll show you two just wait he I’m only thirty six years old yer na.’

There’s plenty of life in the owld dog yet; noo what’s for supper both Joe and I are starving’ aren’t wi?

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