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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Joe went through the Ridges Estate and looked around; nothing has changed much since I’ve been away.”

All the houses have been modernised now and they changed the name of the Estate as well.”

“You’re kidding me right?

“No am not Joe; it’s called the Meadowell noo.” “Everyone still calls it the Ridges though.”

“Change the name but not the people guys.”

They passed Rose Cottage then the grinding works and a garage on the right they passed under the railway bridge where Joe saw a new school on the right.

Did they knock down the old Western Board School.?

“Aye a lot has changed mate since you’ve been away.” Joe turned down past the Bewick public house then onto Trinity Street then went down Tanners Bank. Well the bank is still here but they dug up the road and took away the cobbles.

The Tiger Stairs are still here though.

“Are the Jungle bar and the Golden Fleece still there?

Aye’ there still there Joe.’ But they are talking about turning this into luxury apartments; they are going to call it the Dolphin Quays.

“Really that’s pretty cool, I might buy one once I retire.”

 You better get your name doon quick then before all these big business people snap them up.

 “You wouldn’t want to move beside al’ those toffee nosed buggers though Joe would you?

“Why not in the states they treat you as an equal not all of the inverted snobbery.”

It certainly is the land of opportunity I can tell you.”

Joe pulled up and parked just before the seaman’s mission then they all got out and walked along the quayside.

“Where’s Kevin’s boat then?”

“It’s over there just before the gut; the blue and white boat.”

“It looks pretty cool is it a trawler?

“No, it’s a prawn boat Joe.”

The strong smell of the fish quay filled Joe’s nostrils as he looked about him.

The fishing must be in decline is it?

“Aye not many boats these days Joe; since the cod war in 1970.”

“What happened?

“I will let Kev’ tell you he never stops going on about it.

When they reached the boat Joe shouted down.

“Aye, Aye Skipper; permission to come aboard?


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