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.


12. 12

Peter took hold of the carving knife and the file and sharpened them then took the edge of the towel and ran it along the blade then tested it’s sharpness against his thumb before setting to work carving the lump of beef.

It was his one indulgence in the week; Peter worked hard and expected a good roast joint on a Sunday.

As he carved the beef it seemed a lot tougher than usual; he picked up the plate to inspect it and after a few seconds he asked “Where did you get this meat Peggy?

I got it from Robin Dawson’s where I always get it from love’

“Well tomorrow I will be paying him a visit in my lunch break this is tough as boot leather and once more it is full of gristle.

“I am not paying my hard earned money for fat and gristle do you hear me woman?

“Yes love.’

Bloody robbing bastard more like; I will see him don’t you worry about that. Just leave the rest as it is I want him to try and eat the bloody thing. Then he will know the crap that he’s selling.’

“How much did you pay for it Peggy Dear?’

It was forty Shillings and sixpence Peter.’

“What! Two pounds for meat that I wouldn’t serve a starved dog with.’ “Right he’s going to get the end of a tongue lashing from me and if he argues he will be picking himself up off the floor when I get my hands on him.’

Peter served up the rest of the food and had a face like thunder as he tried to chew the lump of beef.

“Eva never said a word after that; she knew her father and he would carry out his threat.


After dinner Peter Mortimer sat perusing his law books – he took a pencil and wrote down points of law that he would brooch with Robin Dawson’s Butcher Shop tomorrow lunch time. Then he got up and went into his room and closed the door. He was snoring within ten minutes.

“God help that butcher tomorrow said Peggy to her daughter.’

“Dad was actually right mind mother; it was tough and there was a lot of fat in it.’

Eva sat with her mother after they had done the washing up. Her mother had been a seamstress and had instructed Eva how to alter clothing to make new garments so each Sunday they set about making new clothes together. Eva bought second hand clothes that could be altered; the results were astonishing.

Once they were washed and ironed they looked brand new.

“What time is it mam asked Eva forgetting that she was going out.’

“It’s gone six o ‘clock.’


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