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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knees in an effort to roll out of the hold but Dennis forced his knee into Toms back taking the wind out of him. Tom stood up as Dennis turned to milk the crowd who were shouting at him.

A little old lady got up and went to the corner and climbed onto the ring apron with an umbrella and proceeded to smack Dennis around with it. This delighted the crowd and it gave Tom a chance to recover. He waited until the drop kicker turned around and ran at him and flying kicked Dennis in the stomach. Dennis was hurt and he clearly couldn’t get his breath he got up and tried to play act to give him time to recover.

The crowd were screaming for Tom to finish him and as Tom set himself for another kick. Dennis was as fast as lightning and jumped up too. The wrestlers boots caught Tom full in the jaw and he was sent flying out of the ring via the top rope. Richard began the count and was at five when Tom threw himself back under the ropes and stood up. Tom immediately ran at his man taking him by surprise he picked him up in a fireman’s lift he turned him like a propeller then slammed him down onto the canvas.

Dennis rolled away then went in for a double leg hold; Tom stumbled back and fell heavily on the canvas narrowly missing the corner post again.

 This time Dennis saw his chance and went in for an elbow drop but Tom moved out of the way and Dennis landed on the canvas.

Again the old lady came out and whacked him a few times and then the bell sounded.

The referee got the microphone.

“Ladies and gentlemen your appreciations for splendid contests don’t you think.’

The crowd lapped it up.

“The result of your contest is a draw.’

Tom shook hands with Dennis Drop Kick and he got his photo taken.

Ron Taylor came over to Tom and told him if he ever fancied a job in the booth he would be more than welcome.

Eva was more than impressed as Tom put his wellington’s back on. She handed him his coat and kissed him on the cheek.

“Here mate where are you going said the referee you lasted the round so you get a fiver.

Tom took the money then left the booth with Eva who was now on his arm.

“That was some fight in there Tom, I honestly thought that you were done for when you got kicked out of the ring.’

“You did, so did I; my bloody jaw is killing me.

“Eva laughed then said well at least you got a fiver; that’s more than I work for in a week.

“Here said Tom I want you to have it.’

“No I couldn’t do that.’

“Why not? It’s my money to do with what I like.’

“Keep it as a souvenir.’


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