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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suffering from hypothermia and shock. We did everything we could to save the little boy but he died in his father’s arms we were only ten minutes from the shore.’

I never knew how dangerously cruel the sea can be; do you go out fishing alone?

“Yes,’ but I know the signs Eva; I feel the wind picking up or the waves as they change and begin to hit the side of the boat; the seagulls tell you to when a storm is approaching with their squeals. You can pay the ultimate price if you ignore the signs.

Just like that little boy’s father did when his son asked to stay out just that little bit longer? Had he tried his engine an hour earlier he would not have lost a son?

The bus pulled into Northumberland Square where the drivers would change. Eva kissed Tom again and said that she would see him next Friday in the Haymarket because the Hopping’s were coming.

“What time Eva shouted Tom from his seat through the open window?’

“Six thirty, can you make it?’

“I’ll try my best.’


The Hoppings were called so because a resembled a dance as people got in and out of the rides. This huge fair came in June to coincide with the Northumberland plate a horse race celebrated every year. Better know as the Blaydon Races.

The Town Moor staged the event which was huge. It usually got really muddy up there so wellington boots and jeans were the order of the day.

Tom hadn’t been up there since his father took him when he was about five years old.

He can still remember his father carrying him on his shoulders around the fairground and winning coconuts, buying him a toffee apple, and candy floss. He was only eight years old when the lifeboat men brought his body home from sea. He’d drowned trying to save a young girl. It was this that had prompted him to become a life boatman like his father.

There was a picture of him and his crew in the lifeboat station. Tom touched the picture every time he went out with the lifeboat; enough to say dad if you are watching keep us all safe.

Toms mother was never the same after his father died she withdrew into herself and became more and more reclusive until there was nothing. Her mind had completely shut down. They sent her to a home in Tynemouth where he would go to visit once a week.

He would sit and hold her hand and he would talk to her but she didn’t know him from Adam even then; locked away in some kind of cocoon; she was oblivious to all those around her.

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