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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“And I you Joe and I will wait for you after the Olympics are over then you can have me Joe; all to yourself.”

“It will be well worth the wait Bella.

The music finished and Joe escorted Bella back to her seat.

Paul had gone to the bar again and got more drinks the bartender asked if they were for Joes company  again. Yes they are said Paul.

“On the house mate; committee’s orders.

“Thank you said Paul.

Joe was still in conversation with Bella when in walked Kevin his false leg was hardly noticeable as he made his way to the table.

“If you can drag your eyes away from Bella for a second there’s someone who would like to talk.”

“Kevin, Joe stood up and embraced his friend.

“Come on now you will squeeze the life out of me Joe you big bugger.”

“It’s good to see you Kevin It really is.”

“Yeah been through the wringer mate but I’ve come through it now.”

 “Here I took the trouble of getting you a drink I hope that you’re not offended Kevin.

“Orange Juice my favourite.

“A toast to our friend; I wish him every success in the Olympics; don’t come back without the gold he laughed. Every one raised their glasses and toasted him.

“I named my boat the Shieldsman in your honour Joe.”

“I cannot wait to see it.”

“See it; you can get yourself down to the quay properly attired with these two rough necks and we will go fishing.

“Good Stuff; I used to go charter fishing in the States you know. We caught red snapper and yellow fin tuna.’

“We will have a little wager on the fishing tomorrow then.”

“Okay; what time do you want us down there?

“Seven sharp okay I have hired a care whilst I am here so I will pick you fellas up at six thirty okay?

“Where from?

Do you need to ask?

“The Redburn.”

“Joe looked at his watch it was eleven fifteen, he turned to Bella and asked if she was staying or if he could walk her home.


The lads all laughed as Joe got up then escorted Bella to the door.” “See you tomorrow girls, bye for now.

Bye Joe they giggled.

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