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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Geordie put his arm around Nora and they kissed but when Tom tried Eva told him to get a grip of himself. Tom removed his arm and sat miserably watching the film.

For three and a half hours Tom played the absolute gentleman he sat and watched the film whilst Nora and Geordie snogged the night away. Tom began to wonder if it was him and on the way home he brought it up. “What’s wrong with me Eva he asked?’

“It’s not you Tom it’s me; look! I like you as I said but I want to take things slowly; lets get to know one another. If you don’t want to do that then I will understand if you want to walk away.’

“I want to get to know you too Eva; but you know you cannot play St Joan forever.’

“I know that Tom and I’m not leading you on; just be a patient with me. We only just met last night and I need time.’

“Alright Eva I understand; I will get the bus with you to the Square but I am staying on it to Cullercoats as I don’t fancy walking home again.’

She stopped just before the bus stop where Nora and Geordie were still kissing.

Eva looked at Tom then walked calmly up to him and kissed him tenderly on the lips

Tom held her for a moment then she pulled away from him.

“Now when I get to know you a little better we can go to the next level.’

Tom felt her body next him, he felt how warm and soft she was his heart was racing and he wanted more of her but he would have to wait, and wait he would because he would have her completely and utterly to himself.

“You never told me what you do Tom said Eva as they sat together after the conductor took their fare.

“I’m a coble fisherman and lifeboat Coxswain.

“So you go out in all weathers to rescue people.’


“Is it dangerous?

“It can be if you do not know what you are doing but I’ve been a volunteer since I was sixteen.

“You don’t get paid; why do you do it?

“Because If I didn’t do it and the rest of the crew didn’t, who would; people would die out there Eva.’

“Yes I see; do you ever get scared out there?’

“I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t. When the waves twelve feet high come crashing down on top of you that is when you get scared and you wonder if you will ever see land again. It is then that you pray to God that he brings you your crew and the people who you are rescuing home safely.’

“Have you ever lost anyone at sea?

“Yes, we lost a little boy about seven years old. He was out fishing with his father. A great storm hit them about five miles out when their engine failed. By the time we got to them the boat was going down and both father and son had been in the sea over forty minutes. It was icy cold out there; we got them both on board but the boy was 

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