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.


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Her father wouldn’t be in for another hour said her mother she knew that he would be straight to the Pan Shop Club for a pint or two after doing a half shift.
“ Now! Don’t you be arguing with your father when he comes in you know what he’s like when he’s had drink in him.’

“Only too well and I don’t know why in Gods name you put up with it.’

“Well your father works hard Eva he’s entitled to blow off a bit of steam now and again.’

“Every bloody week’s the same mother.’

“Now don’t you be swearing in this house Eva I won’t have it.’

“No! But my father do and say what he likes.’

“Well he’s the man around here; Eva I’m sorry you weren’t born a son because you would have made a fine man.’

“Things are changing mother women don’t have to put up with it any more. The days of a woman’s place is in the home; is changing mam. Women have found a voice mother and will not be put down or down trod any more.’

“Well I’m too old and long in the tooth to change now Eva but I will say this and that no good will come from fighting with a man. You mark my words.’ Now get the plates and the table set before your father comes in.’


Standing outside the Pan Shop Club Peter Mortimer stood giving advice to a fellow worker.

“Now listen here John, tomorrow when we go in say nowt; let me speak with the gaffer and I will sort it out; it’s no good you walking off the job because then he has won. You on other hand, will be out of a job and you have a wife and kids to feed.’

“Alright Pete, but if that fat bastard Harry Coulson opens his big mouth; I swear I will knock if off.’

“Right I’m going home for my dinner John; I will see you in the morning and remember what I said.’

“Aye, aal reet.’

Peter crossed the road then let himself in to his house only five doors up.

He had had a good drink today he thought and he’d only spent ten bob.’

Walking up the stairs his foot slipped on the wet carpet and he fell forward.

“Bloody hell he shouted as his knee bounced off the floor.

“You alright love shouted Peggy.

“Aye, I just tripped; are you putting the dinner out I’m bloody starving.’

“No your not father; the children in Africa are starving you are hungry yes.’

“Don’t you start with your sanctimonious clap trap Eva Mortimer said her father as he entered the scullery and sat down in his wooden seat with two cushions?


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