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 looked at the GPS system and his fish finding equipment which told him that he was now coming close to the wreck.

Kevin had tied up the boat rods with perks and jiggers so they were all set to just drop them over the side once they were over the wreck. The suns reflection on the water made Joe reach for his sun glasses as he waited for the signal to drop his line.

“Okay let’s have a little wager here said Joe. How about a fiver for the heaviest fish, and two pounds for the first one caught?

“Right shouted Kevin; you can drop them over.”

Joe dropped his in first and began to lift the rod up and down until he felt a bite and then struck. “Hey guys guess who’s in here. Reeling in Joe sensed that it was a good fish and it was he had a double header of two cod that weighed about fifteen pounds each.

“Well there’s my tea sorted he laughed and six pounds to boot.

“You always were a competitive big bugger said Kevin as he pulled his rod up and down.

Joe unhooked the fish then placed them into a large plastic bucket of water to stop the fish from drying out. Then he lowered his line down again.

This time it was Paul who got a bite and he reeled in a cod to about twelve pounds.

Then they all were getting enquiries.

In the space of only half an hour they had twenty good sized cod on board.

Then it went quiet so Kevin asked everyone to reel in and they would try another wreck about ten minutes away.

 Mean while Ralphie put on the frying pan and began to fry the bacon whilst Paul buttered bread to make the sandwiches with. “Got any brown sauce asked Ralphie?

There’s red and brown sauce there Ralphie replied Kevin as he turned the boat into the direction of the next wreck.

“Right lads you can drop them over again.

Hold on we are eating our sandwiches first. Paul handed Ralphie and Kevin a plate each and they tucked into their sandwiches as Joe took out his six boiled chicken fillets and mixed vegetables.

Enjoying that asked Kevin; sure you would like one of these instead.

“I will have plenty of time to eat bacon sandwiches after the Olympic Games.”

Kevin had to locate the wreck again before drifting over it again.

This time It was Ralphie who struck first it was a nice haddock.

Well that’s my tea sorted; I love a nice piece of haddock.”

“I’m in shouted Paul; as he reeled for all he was worth. “I’ve got double lads both haddock as well.

“No ones got a ling yet though said Kevin.”

“Not yet said Joe but there is still time.”

The afternoon wore on and the fishing was good then Kevin pulled out a master stroke.


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