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.


7. 7

“There was one hell of a row in our hoose last neet said Kevin to the lads as they walked towards Clarke’s bike shop. They went along Waterville Road which was a straight road all the way into the town.

“Your mother and fatha’ rowing again like?

Aye me Da’ had been to the pub all day and me mother were none too pleased. “She was ganna’ bash his heed in wi the iron that he bought her for her birthday.”

“Did she do it then asked Paul Kerrigan?

“Don’t be daft she would have mordad him.” It all went quiet after an hour and it’s funny but they were all lovey dovey this morning.’

“Thank God for that then. Right said Joe did you all bring something to make your catapults with.

“Aye I got my fatha’s owld braces and I pinched some wire from his toolbox.

“I got a roll of electrician’s tape replied Paul but I couldn’t get any braces but I have some old inner tube that we can cut up and use.”

“Good now let me go into the shop mind because if we all go in he’s not going to sell us the elastic because he will know it’s for catapults.

 They soon got to Saville Street and they went in to browse around whilst Joe went into the bike shop.

“The man came out as the door bell went he was wearing some little round spectacles across the bridge of his hooked nose. His greying hair was long and in need of cutting Joe thought as he approached the counter.

“What can I do for you kidda’ said the man?”

“Whey I’m looking to by some elastic for me fatha’ he is a model plane enthusiast like.”

“Oh Aye, and what type of plane does he have?

Oh me Da’ has three actually.”

“Three you say; and which ones would they be?

“Well he has the Lockheed 827 model and the Jocasta but his favourite is the old Red Eagle wind up propeller type.”

“Yes; my your father knows a good model aeroplane . You know I started with a Red Eagle when I was a boy and I still fly her today in Smiths Park.” Mind you the elastic tends to go on them after a while.”

“Yes that’s why me Da’ has sent me.”

“How much do you need?

“Around three feet I expect; just to last him you understand.”

“Yes of course. The man went into the back of the shop and brought out the quarter inch square yellow elastic and measured three feet in length on the glass fronted table.”

“It’s nice to get a responsible boy coming into my shop; I usually get kids coming in asking for elastic to make catapults with.”

“Do you really; said Joe trying to suppress a giggle.”

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