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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Joe got back to the village where the press men were out to interview him again.

Joe refused to be interviewed and went to his room.

Five minutes later Gary knocked then came in.

“What have you been up to Joe the place is swarming with press again. They are saying that you are getting engaged to an English girl called Bella; is that true.

“Listen here Gary, you maybe my coach but you are not my keeper. I will come and go as I please.

“I am not saying you cannot go out Joe; but what ever you say and do now as Olympic Champion will be recorded by the press. “You are big news; you are the strongest man on the planet. Do you understand what that means Joe?”

“Yes it just means I can lift more weight around my head than the next man. I am not a circus freak Gary; I am a human being and have feelings the same as any other man,’

“This is something that you are going to have to come to terms with Joe or it will destroy you.”

“Am I not entitled to a life without being hounded by the press?

“Yes of course you are but at the moment you are a great news story even bigger now that they have a love story to follow up.


The next morning the headline in the Gazette read: “BELLA, BELLA WHO IS THE BEAUTY WHO HAS TAMED THE BEAST?”

Joe Kimber the strongest man on the planet has lost his heart to an English rose. Who is Bella? The world waits as Joe Kimber the World and Olympic champion buys an engagement ring for his sweetheart. The story went on to say how he won the gold medal from Vasily Akekeyev; the former World and Olympic Champion with a record lift.

“Joe threw the paper across the floor of his room; he was furious.”

“Is nothing secret with these people; they have spoiled my surprise. I wanted to tell Bella myself.”

I’m sorry to drop this on you Joe; but you have been ordered to attend a dinner tonight with her majesty the Queen.

All the medal winners are to attend.

“Have you got a tuxedo?

“No I wasn’t planning on auditioning for James Bond as well as lifting weights.”

 Leave this to me I will get on the phone. How tall are you? Six feet five, chest size fifty two, waist, thirty two inside leg thirty four. Shoe size, fourteen.

After a few calls Gary had managed to get Joe sorted out.

Right go and get yourself shaved and have a shower; I will see you down stairs in half an hour and bring your medals with you.”


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