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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He took off the Jigger and baited up a mackerel flapper where the head and body of the fish are cut down the middle and they flap about as the rod is jigged.

“Give me the roes there Kevin I will stick them on my jigger here.”

Kevin lowered the line down and within a minute something big took the bait.

“Get the gaff lads Kevin has got himself a ling.”

 Paul got the gaff then waited until the snake like fish broke the surface.”

“That’s got to be the winner it’s over twenty pounds.”

“It’s not over until the fat lady sings said Joe; as he struck into another fish there’s a bit of a bend in the rod Kev’ I think you just lost fifteen quid mate.

Joe brought his Ling to the surface it was huge at around forty pounds.

“Done again by Mr Kimber; can you not let us win once Joe they all voiced.”

“Hey guys you pay you’re money and takes you’re choice.”

“That’s it then folks; I think we will head back. Joe can you steer a boat?

“Yeah sure; I used to sail my friends boat out on the lake in Michigan.”

“Good because I’m going to be a while filleting all this fish.

Kevin got himself a wooden board then started to gut the fish the seagulls came within five minutes of him starting they dived in for the morsels of offal as they were thrown over the side. Kevin expertly skinned each fillet and they were washed then dried with kitchen paper and then wrapped up in some grease proof paper and then rolled up in news paper and put into a carrier bag.

They had over five stone of fish each.


When they got back to North Shields it was three o’clock. Kevin took the Shieldsman in and Joe tied her off.

They got all there gear together and everyone divvied up the money and gave it to Joe who then gave it all to Kevin.”

“Here mate thanks for a splendid day; it’s been real nice getting out with you guys again and I’m sure we will do this again.’

“I’m going to London later tonight after I see Bella.”

“So it’s on with you and her then they all asked.

“Look’s that way fellas.”

“They all slapped Joe on the back; “Don’t forget our invite to the wedding said Kevin They all laughed. Joe embraced his friend and told him that he’d see him real soon.

Kevin punched him playfully and said don’t forget to bring that medal home; I want a picture of you with it to put in the cabin of me boat.”

“Come you two; I will drop you off. Put the fish in the boot though or we will have to pay a fine for sinking out the car.” Joe gave a final wave to Kevin then slid his massive frame into the car. He tooted the horn then pulled away.


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