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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Kevin popped his head out of the wheelhouse window and waved them on board.

Joe climbed down the iron rail then stood on the deck as the lads passed him the bags then came aboard.

They stowed their bags in the galley then came through to the wheel house where Kevin was revving the engine. The smell of diesel filled the air as Kevin spoke.

“How do you like my boat then Joe?

“I was just telling the lads how cool it is.

“Right then if you unhook us we will get under way.”

Joe went up and undid the ropes that secured the boat to the quayside then he got back on board.

Kevin turned the boat as the headed out towards the piers at Tynemouth.

How far are we going out asked Joe?

About five miles I reckon; there are a couple of good wrecks where we can catch some ling and good cod.’

“Whack the kettle on Paul and make us a brew please. Every thing is in the galley mate.

Paul headed off; he was glad being kept busy in case his stomach started again.

Joe asked Kevin about the cod war; Kevin explained at length how the Icelandic people had put up an exclusion zone and the fisheries commission had now put in place the fishing quota whereby fishermen could only target certain species of fish and the rest alive or dead had to be discarded.

“That is ridiculous said Joe.”

“Tell that to the commission.”

Paul came through with the tea and everyone took a mug.

“I got some bacon to make bacon sandwiches later said Kevin.

“I would love to Kevin but I’m on a strict diet as you well know.

It’s chicken an tuna or steamed fish for me I’m afraid.” Well there should be plenty of cod for your tea tonight.

Hey you two asked Joe I never had time to ask you what you were doing for work these days.

Well I have business as a roofing builder. I have five people working for me said Ralphie; your father was in the building game as well I believe?

“Yes he was.

“Are you making a good living out of it then Ralphie?

Aye, I’ve managed to buy a house on the Broadway in Tynemouth out of it so yes I’m doing okay. I stayed at Paul’s house last night so it would be easier meeting all together.

So Paul what are you doing these day’s?

“I drive the Royal Mail trains all over the country I still live near my mother but I bought my house as well with a mortgage which I’m still paying for.


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