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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Tom got back on board with ninety four pounds; not bad for a day’s fishing; with ten pounds for diesel; another twenty towards his household bills Tom had sixty four pounds in his pocket he felt well pleased and if he could get out tomorrow he might even double what he now had.

“It was twenty past seven when he returned and Eva was waiting for him.

“Hi, I’m sorry Eva I’ve just got back from fishing but I have got you some haddock that you like for you and your mother.

“That’s lovely Tom.’

Tom opened the door to the cottage and Eva walked inside. It was the first time she’d actually been inside the cottage and she as surprised at how big the place was.

It didn’t look that big from the outside. The place was certainly in need of a woman’s touch though as the windows and the curtains needed cleaning.

Tom had kept the inside of the cottage clean though she thought.

Tom put on the kettle then slipped out the back door to gather in his washing, she looked at how expertly he had hung it out as he placed it all into a basket then brought it inside.

“I washed these this morning before I went out, they are all dry now. Tom was about to place the shirts on hangers ready to iron when Eva said that she would do them for him.

She found the wooden ironing board; placing the shirt neatly over it she heated the flat irons ready. Eva was certainly faster than he was at ironing and it wasn’t long before they were all done.

“Thank you he said as he kissed he on the cheek. “ Do you take sugar in your tea he asked as he brought out the best china from the dresser?’

“No Tom, milk will do thank you.’

“I hope that you don’t mind me popping in like this; I couldn’t wait until Friday to see you so I came straight from work.’

“Not at all Eva; I’m glad that you came. Really I am.’ Have you eaten anything as I was about to cook something to eat.

No, but you are alright I can wait until I go home.’

“It’s no trouble Eva; do you like peppered mackerel?

“I don’t think I’ve ever tried them.’

“Give me a moment to wash and change and I will make you the best fish you’ve ever had or my name is not Tom Lawson; you could help me out though.’

“Yes what with?

 “There’s some new potatoes and some broccoli if you would care to prepare them for me. They are in the cupboard by the sink he shouted from the bathroom.

Eva found what she was looking for then looked for a colander and a knife.

“If you wash the potatoes Eva and boil them for just five minutes the peeling comes off easily when you drain them in cold water. It’s a trick my mother taught me.

 

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