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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It was a lovely morning, the sun was shining already. Joe still took his thick sweater and his cagoule with him. He knew going on fishing trips in the past how fast weather can change and when you’re out in a boat three or so miles from the coast it’s too late to moan about it. His mother had packed his boiled chicken and vegetables in a Tupperware carton for him with his protein drinks and water. He smiled knowing that his mother was still looking after him. He made his pan of oats and placed then into his bowl that his mother had kept for him. it was nearly as big as a dust bin lid and held about two pounds of porridge oats which Joe wolfed down in about three minutes. He took his bag and was about to leave just as his mother was getting up. He came to her and kissed her on the cheek before leaving and whispered that he’d be back around four o’clock. “Are you going out tonight son?

“Yes,’ I’m seeing Bella at her house.”

His mother smiled as she went into the bathroom then closed the door. Joe took the stairs two at a time then found the car and got in he drove around to the Redburn pub where Paul and Ralphie were waiting.


Morning guys, I hope that you both have strong stomachs. It could get a little choppy out there today.”

“Shut up Joe and just drive will you; my guts are playing up already.’ I definitely had too much ale last night. They still never charged us you know after you left.”

“No wonders you were knocking it back then laughed Joe.”

“Never look a gift horse in the mouth I say said Paul.”

Have you eaten anything? “

Just a piece of toast.”

“Here look in the front of my bag there; there are some sea sickness pills; I got them in the States from a drug store they are really good.

There’s bottled water on the top to take them with.”

“Give me a couple as well said Ralphie; I feel a bit ropey as well.”

Paul handed him the packet after he’d taken two of the pills.

Ralphie swallowed the tablets then gulped down the water.

“Ahh; that’s better said Ralphie.’

Joe drove down Waterville Road where he noticed a structure where the reservoir used to be.

Hey; where’s the Res’ guy’s.

Didn’t you hear they drained it after a young girl drowned it’s now a football field and the building there is a youth club.

It’s called Collingwood Club.

“After the famous Sea Lord right?


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