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.


35. 35

They stood in the queue outside the dining hall waiting to go in. Joe looked behind him; there was only another two; Joe told them to get in front so he would be the last in.

“That’s it said Joe we are the last as he took his cutlery and a tray to Mrs Thompson.

Thanks Joe; replied Elsie Thompson who was the cook in the kitchen. She had been at the school for thirty years and was retiring this summer. Joe had been collecting a shilling off every pupil in the school every week and had given it to the headmaster so they could get the cook a nice leaving present from everyone.


After Joe had finished his third piece of steak pie; he then demolished four bowls of rice pudding and sat back rubbing his belly.

“They should just bring you a trough Joe. I’ve never seen anyone eat like you even my dad and I thought he could eat.

“Now for a good walk said Joe to work off some of this food and get some fresh air in my lungs come on; Joe thanked the cook then left the dinning room with the others running behind to keep up with him. Joe’s strides increased and the lads were running around the yard for fifteen minutes until he was satisfied that he’d done enough. The Three boys were glad when he stopped too as they had ran about a mile and a half.

Now I reckon If I can walk like this every lunch time after school then my fitness levels will increase.

Paul reminded him that the school was breaking up on Friday.

“Aye that’s right well after my papers I will do a run I think.

“Why don’t you kill two birds with one stone Joe; Paul tried to make Joe see sense.

“What do you mean?

“Well you have a fair bit of weight in those paper’s you deliver up and down those blocks of flats every night don’t you.”

“So what difference does that make?

“Well try sprinting up to the top of each block and deliver the top one first then the others on your way down.”

“Brilliant idea Paul; I will start tonight.”

“You will have to be careful that you don’t knock someone over as you run up mind.’

“Aye, I never thought of that.’

The bell sounded and the lads made their way to the art room.



Join MovellasFind out what all the buzz is about. Join now to start sharing your creativity and passion
Loading ...