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 heard the car beep outside he knew that his father was there; he held Bella one last time and kissed her tenderly before putting on his tracksuit top and making his way down the passage to the door.

He closed it behind him then got into the car. he looked up at the window to see Bella looking out from behind the curtain he waved as the car did a you turn and headed towards Newcastle airport.


Bella thought to herself; how can you feel so happy yet so sad at the same time.

This was the way that she was feeling right now. She sat back down on the sofa where Joe had sat earlier she could smell his aftershave and that made her smile. Then she went to her bedroom and began to hang up her clothes then lay on the bed holding the pillow that Joe had laid his head on. His scent was on that too. She would not wash that pillow case until Joe returned to her.


Joe’s father dropped him off at the terminal building after helping him out with his bags.

“Well son this is it; I won’t see you now until after the Olympic Games. I will say only this. You have trained so hard for so many years; make all those hours spent in the gym pay now. All the sacrifices that you have had to make, but most of all remember this. You are a Shieldsman and I am very proud of you win or lose.

“Thanks Da’ I won’t forget.

He hugged his father then walked towards the revolving doorway with his baggage.


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