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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Over the next three months Eva and Tom continued to go out together Nora and Geordie Shotton were getting pretty serious too.

It was on one Saturday evening when Eva asked Tom to come up stairs with her.

“Is that you Eva shouted her mother as usual.

“Yes mam.’

“Get yourself straight to bed. It’s after twelve and your father has work in the morning and I have church.

“Alright mam I’m going.’

Eva put her fingers to her lips to indicate to Tom to be quiet, then led him to her room and closed the door.

Nervously Eva kissed him then said you will be careful won’t you Tom. I don’t want to get pregnant.’

“Course I will, don’t worry he said as he took her to bed.

 

Tom left the house at five in the morning; it was cold and there was dampness in the air. The steam from his hot breath floated upwards as he made his way to the train station. There would be no buses until six o’clock so the train was his only way to get home. He bought a ticket then pushed through the turnstile. Walking down the ramp he felt good; the wait had been worth it, Eva had given herself to him completely; they had made love for over four hours before they both lay back and stared at the ceiling.

Tom sneaked out to the bathroom then tiptoed back to the room where he began to get dressed, Tom looked at the pretty flowered wall paper in the room and the pink coloured carpet that Eva had bought and paid for herself. There was a marbled effect dressing table with a mirror and a matching chest of drawers near the window and an ottoman at the foot of the bed against the wall. The wardrobe was an old brown thing that looked out of place in the room. Tom sat on the edge of the bed lacing up his shoes as Eva said will I see you on Friday night then Tom?

“Yes pet; I think we will go to the Plaza ballroom.’

“Alright; I will meet you outside at seven.’ I will ask Nora and Geordie to come along.’

“Okay suit yourself love, I’ve got to go. Getting up from the bed Tom put on his jacket that was hanging on a coat hook on the back of the door. He leaned over and kissed Eva then gave her a cheeky wink then opened the door gently and then walked down the stairs trying not to make a sound. He turned the knob on the front door then gently closed it behind him. The train arrived and Tom got on it. He was the only passenger until they reached Tynemouth station. When the train had arrived in Cullercoats he got off run up the flight of stairs and over the footbridge to the other side.

 

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