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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When Joe had finished his meal he went to the bathroom again and re -cleaned his teeth before placing the brush back into his bag.

Right then Mother I will call you when I reach London alright you take care and I will see you soon He bent down and lifted his mother off the floor and held her in his huge arms then kissed her and set her back down.

“I will take the cases down for you father as they are fairly heavy and I will put them in the boot.

John came down with him so that he could get the key from him.

Pick you up around eleven then son alright.”

Joe left his father and walked towards Bella’s house carrying the parcel of fish that he’d caught in a carrier bag.


Bella was so excited she had been ready since four o’clock she checked her hair and make up for the umpteenth time then looked out of the window. She spotted Joe coming and ran down the passage to greet him.

“Here I brought you some fish he said as she opened the door.”

“Guests usually bring wine Mr Kimber not fish.”

“Sorry the North Sea was right out of Château De’North Shields.

“This will do fine come in. He gave her a peck on the lips as the walked inside and he could smell that perfume that she was wearing last night.

“You look lovely by the way.”

“It was something I just threw on she lied. God forbid Joe see her bedroom; that was littered with her clothing.’

“Did you enjoy your day out with your friends then?

“Yes,’ very much so.

“Who caught the most?

 “I did actually and I caught a forty pound ling too.”

My mother just cooked me some of it for my tea and it was delicious done in milk and onions.

“I must try it like that Joe as I haven’t tasted it like that before.”

“I will ask my mother to ring you and she will tell you how it is done.”

“Would you Joe, that would be nice. “Now would you care to listen to some music or would you prefer to watch some television.

“I’m not bothered Bella, you choose.”

Bella picked up a copy of the Radio Times and flicked through until she found the page.

Well we have The Benny Hill Show, then “When the Boat Comes In” which is set in the North East.

“Alright we will watch that then.

Bella got up and turned on the television set then found the ITV channel the television was now in colour which made a big difference to entertainment programmes.


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