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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Peter Mortimer returned from work he walked up the stairs to his home with a big grin on his face.

Peggy was in the scullery as he took off his haversack and placed it on the table.

“Hello pet; sit down I’m just putting your dinner out.’

“Here you can put this in the fridge for Sunday he exclaimed as he plonked the huge lump of beef down and Peggy nearly lost her eyes when she gazed upon it.

“Where did you get that from?

“From Dawson’s I called in today and I warned him if we ever get meat like we had on Sunday gone again I would take him to the ombudsman.

“He nearly shit himself as he ran into the back of the shop and brought that out. He couldn’t apologise enough.’

“Peter you didn’t hit him did you?

“No; I just growled at him and that was enough.’

“There must be six pounds of beef there Peter; I can make a casserole later this week with it or even a casserole and a steak and kidney pie; there will still be enough for roast on Sunday as well said his wife with a smile.’

“That would be nice love.’

She put out his meal for him after he’d washed his hands and he set about it with gusto.

“I wonder where Eva is; it’s not like her to be late home.’

Aye; I’m wondering if she’s met someone and is not saying owt’ you know how secretive she can be.’

“Yes; let me ask her on her own Peter; because if you go in like a bull in a china shop she will tell us nowt.’

“Aye you’re right love; she will get all defensive won’t she.’

“She is a woman now you know Peter; we cannot tie her to the house and one day some man is going to sweep her off her feet.’

“She is a bonny lass alright; somebody will be lucky to have her on his arm I can tell you.’

“Well let her tell us in her own time; Eva will not go out with any Tom, Dick, or Harry you know; she has standards has our Eva.’

“Peter cleaned his plate then placed it in the sink. “ My, that was a nice plate of mince and dumplings love; I’m bloated.’

“Well you go and sit and read the paper by the fire whilst I wash up. Then I will come and join you to watch a bit of television.’

“Peyton Place is on later.’ It was a drama series both Peggy and Peter like to watch together, it was a story of a town founded by the Peyton family whose members the Harrington’s; Rodney Harrington the eldest of the family is left choosing between Betty Anderson; a woman with a bit of a reputation and the shy, fragile Allison Mackenzie. Norman the youngest of the family has taken up with Rita Jacks and Connie, Allison’s mother tries to conceal the fact that she is her mother.


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