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.


13. 13

I have to get ready mam I’m going to the pictures with Nora tonight. Eva Jumped from the seat in a mad rush she put on a pair of slacks like those worn by Doris Day and a pair of white shoes. She wore a cut away sleeved white blouse which went perfectly with her red slacks.

Eva looked out of the window; it had stopped raining now so she could walk along to Northumberland Square and get the bus to the Rex Cinema.

“She kicked herself for not insisting that they go to the Princess instead but it was too late now she’d told Tom that she would meet him outside. She didn’t have time to fix her hair so she rolled it and just put some clips in it.

She took her brolly in case it rained again and put on a waterproof rain coat.

I will see you later mam I’m away; don’t wait up I won’t be late.’

She closed the door then hurried along Prudhoe Street.


It was ten to seven when Eva arrived she checked the boards outside to see what was on and she saw that there was a romantic film with Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant on called Indiscreet about an actress who falls in love with man who she believes to be married who is secretly concealing the fact that he isn’t married at all.

The main feature was a gothic horror film called Dracula with Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. She didn’t care much for the horror movie but the romantic one would be worth watching.

She liked Cary Grant anyway having watched him and Bergman in Notorious which was an Alfred Hitchcock movie and the first to use a split screen.


At two minutes to seven Tom and Geordie came running up.

“Where’s Nora?

“I don’t know I’ve been here since ten to seven. She may be on the next bus or you’ve been given the flick. No pun intended.’

Geordie took out his backy tin and rolled himself a cigarette then told Tom and Eva to go in and to keep two seats. He gave her the money for Nora and him then lit up his cigarette and took a puff of it and blew the smoke out in a satisfied breath.

The woman on the kiosk took the money s they went in then they went through the doors Tom gave the two tickets to the usherette and asked her to show their friends to where they were sitting when they arrived.

They were sitting in the middle of the row which Tom didn’t want; he wanted to be at the back where they could not be seen. It was twenty minutes later when Nora arrived and the lights were just going down.

“What are we sitting here for Tom why aren’t we at the back?’

“Because,’ I wanted to sit here, said Eva bluntly.’


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