The boy and the seagull

The story tells of a young coble fisherman Tom Lawson who is also a coxswain on the life boat Pegasus in Cullercoats. His father drowned saving the life of a little girl and he wants to follow in his father's footsteps. the story is set in the early fifties a time of sexual revolution and rock and roll. Tom meets Eva a girl who wants the best- brought up on Howdon road she dreams of a better life. She works as a packer at Tyne Brand on North Shields Fish Quay- Tom the handsome Teddy boy with his drapes and crepe shoes charms the young Eva - they end up getting married but things don't run smoothly for the couple who have a son together but he is be-felled with a fever which leaves him unable to hear. This is a story of love-of heartache-and triumph over adversity. This is a story to warm your heart and one i'm sure that you will enjoy.


10. 10

Eva ran herself a bath then poured out a cup of tea and took it into the bathroom and locked the door.

She had her toilet bag with her toiletries inside. She undressed then slipped into the water she sat up and sipped the tea until the warmth of the water overtook her and she began to relax and she slid further in so that her shoulders were immersed in water.

She closed her eyes for a moment and then saw Tom as he had danced with her the evening before.

“She liked Tom but she would have to handle him right or she would end up like her mother just another doormat. She swore she would never end up like that. She wanted her own independence, she wanted to be her own woman and not like her friends who slept with any Tom, Dick, or Harry. Well this Tom wouldn’t be getting his own way with her she thought as she picked up the bar of pears soap that she’d saved for. It smelled better than the carbolic soap that her mother bought. Rolling it around in her hands the lather was then transferred to her face and the rest of her body.

She looked at how smooth her legs were; the red nail varnish on her toes stood out as she got out and stood naked. Using the towel she rubbed the mirror so that she could look at herself.

“Her body was the perfect shape for a woman; 36-24-36 and at five feet seven inches tall she had the looks of a model. She placed her hands behind her head looking at her breasts; they were perfectly round but she thought that her nipples were too large. She finished drying then cleaned her teeth with some Gibbs toothpowder. Her mother had to get false teeth at the age of forty when she got Gingivitis which caused her gums to bleed until her teeth became slack. The dentist recommended that she have them all removed to stop the infection. It made her face cave in; she looked really old; wrinkles started to appear at her mouth and jowls. Eva would never let herself get into that state. After cleaning the bath out with Vim she washed her hands and packed away her toilet goods then slipped into her dressing gown and went to her room to get ready.


 Eva checked and basted the roast beef in the oven and the roast potatoes then lit a flame over the gas rings that had the vegetables ready to cook in the pans.

She lifted the sash window to allow the steam to escape then made up some Yorkshire puddings. When the fat was smoking she added the mix to the tray that made a dozen or so Yorkshire’s then placed them back into the hot oven.

She heard the door and her mother opening and closing the umbrella then placed it in the corner near the door before climbing the stairs to the house.

“I swear those stairs are getting steeper Eva said her mother as she took off her hat and coat.


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