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 reluctantly went to the bathroom and did as he was asked when he came out of the shower a tuxedo, bow tie, and black highly polished shoes were waiting for him.

He dressed then picked up his medals and made his way down stairs.

Gary showed him the letter that he’d received explaining about protocol and how to address the Queen and Prince Philip.

The dinner was to be held at the Royal Suite at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald.

The stream of limousines pulled up to take the medal winners and their coaches to the dinner.

The athletes were led into the dining room where they stood to attention until the Queen made her appearance. Please sit ladies and gentleman said the Queen.

“I am honoured that you have taken this time to come and have dinner with my husband and I.”

“You have done your country proud and I’m sure the nation will never forget your achievements. I’m especially proud of my daughter who managed to win a gold medal for us in the Equestrian events. Here, here said some high official and then a round of applause went up. “Well I hope to have a chat with you all later so enjoy your dinner.”


The meal was well presented and consisted of pea and ham soup, followed by roasted sirloin steak in Stilton Cheese, with a medley of green vegetables and new potatoes.

For desert there was Prince Philip’s favourite “Spotted Dick”

Joe saw the Queen in a different light he always thought that she would be quite snobbish but she wasn’t like that at all. The Queen was also joined by the Prime Minister of Montreal Jean Drapeau and his wife Marie- Clair.

After the meal Joe was introduced to the Queen who congratulated him on his Olympic Medal and his new world record. She was well informed about him and even mentioned his forth coming engagement and asked him who Bella was. Joe informed her that she was called Bella Mason and that she was English. The Queen then chatted about his competitors. The press were there in force and took photos of all the medal winners with the Queen and Prince Philip.  She even said that she had watched his final and that her heart was in her mouth when he wobbled with all that weight when he broke the World record which surprised him. At 10pm precisely there was music from the Montreal Festival Orchestra who played a variety of tunes from Strauss, to Chopin. They finished by playing the national anthem and the Queen left.

Joe got into the limousine with Gary and they drove back to the village.

The closing ceremony was tomorrow and they would have to attend that too.

Joe was pleased when it was all over and they were on the plane home.

He hated fuss.


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