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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After their meal Eva helped Tom with the washing up they went into the sitting room where there was a small sofa and a large leather chair beside the fire. Tom put some more coal on the fire and he blazed it up the heat was felt from it as soon as Tom removed the newspaper and the shovel. He sat in the big leather seat where asked Eva to come and sit on his knee. She looked at him sexily then walked over to him then sat down on his knee. He immediately put his arms around her waist and drew her to him.

“Do you not have a television set Tom?

“No; I don’t watch television; I have a radio that I listen to.’

She got up then turned on the radio and listened to American Bandstand where they played all the latest rock and roll music. Eva stayed until ten thirty then Tom walked her to the bus stop.

Hopefully this won’t be for long Eva; I can drive and I’m saving up to buy a car so I will be able to drop you off.’

“That’s good to know; then I could meet you from work each night.’ Tom went into his pocket then handed Eva ten pounds.

“What’s this for.?

“It’s to cover your bus fares; now you can come each night and I will be able to see more of you. At the weekend you could tell your mother that you are staying with Nora and we could spend the night together at my place.’

“You crafty old devil Tom Lawson.’

He handed her the haddock that he had caught and filleted for her and her parents.

“Thank you for this; my father will be pleased.’

They saw the bus coming so Tom kissed Eva and told her that he would see her tomorrow. Tom gave her a spare key so she could let herself in just in case he was called away on the lifeboat.

She boarded the bus and sat down stairs so she could wave as the bus pulled away.

Tom turned and walked back to the cottage; he was going to have words with his friend Tony Parker who had a garage in Monkseaton; the sooner he got a car the better. He could maybe get a half decent car for about £200 pounds he thought.

He thought about the numerous possibilities that owning a car would open up for him. They could drive to Blackpool or even Scarborough for a weekend break; or even go over to South Shields market if they fancied a run out. He would have to pay tax and insure the vehicle but it would be worth it. He would just go out on a Saturday morning fishing to cover the cost.


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