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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In a drama where people married and divorced a story of loved and lost; murder illicit passion, insanity, and secrets waiting to be uncovered. This was Peyton Place.

Peggy said that she had made a pot of tea and she brought her husband his mug in then sat down in her chair next to him as he turned on the TV set Just as the programme was about to start. The set was hired from Tom Swans which had a slot where you placed two shillings and the television lasted a few hours which was enough for Peter because he only liked to watch the sport on Grandstand on Saturday.

He placed his five shillings on a few horses which he watched hoping they would come in. The two trebles and two cross doubles meant he always got something back even if his bet went down. Then he would watch the wrestling on ITV where Les Kellet, Jackie Pallow, The Royal Brothers, Mick MacManus, and Mike Marino would grapple with each other. Then they would get ready to go over the road to the Pan Shop Club. Peter would buy his wife her port and lemon and a strip of bingo tickets Whilst Peter talked with his work mates.

The other men’s wives chatted together and there was always a sing song. The community spirit was solid as a rock. Everyone helped anyone in need whether it was with monetary gifts or food. No-one would allow a family to go hungry, epecially if they had children. No family was too proud to go and ask their neighbour for help if they had no bread or something to give the kids to eat. Many parents went without food to give it to their children.

Men had pride in their work and when they were out of work it was the saddest time for them. Those on the dole were looked upon differently; but there was nothing they could do. They had to find money to pay the rent or feed their families. Times were hard and people who were working were glad of having a job to speak of regardless whether or not they liked the work or not.

Poverty was real; North Shields was no exception. Children played in the streets with no shoes, coats, or hats. The winter of 1957 the worst on record where there was two feet of snow on the ground. The river Tyne froze and the need for warm food even more apparent, the look on children’ faces as they begged for pennies with rags tied to their feet. Rickets was rife. It was a bone disease that attacked the muscles and bones in the body. Children were lucky if they lived to see adolescence.

“Every week the funeral parlour had another victim. Peter Mortimer couldn’t believe people in his town and towns all over the country were dying of adverse poverty. It reminded him of the stories that he’d read about in Charles Dickens’s novels.

He had been asked many times to stand as a local councillor and had refused; now looking upon these children and the plight of many families he changed his opinion. Someone had to do something.

The people of North Shields needed a voice and Peter Mortimer decided that he was the man to tackle the poverty issue head on.

 

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