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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The winter of 1958 was as cold as the year before with heavy snow drifts and bitter cold winds.

Peter Mortimer had decided to stand in the forth coming election and set about writing his proposals to improve the every day living standards of the people in his town and surrounding areas. The task was mammoth but Peter had the backing of the people behind him and he was educated enough to follow up what he had promised.

Each evening he met which eminent people, businessmen, lawyers, judges and other council members. He stood up and talked passionately about the vast unemployment in the town and the implications that had arisen because of it. It had a knock on effect he said and the feel good factor was no more. Community spirit was on the brink of collapse because people could no longer help because they were tightening their own belts. He stated that the government must step in to end poverty in the North East of England.

Peter received a letter from Harold MacMillan PM. Who agreed with everything that peter was saying and he promised to help. A new generation programme was started and businesses were welcomed that created work.

By the end of 1959 Peter was elected as an MP. He stood in the houses of parliament and still called for more help to end poverty. Yes some things had changed for the better but the NHS was still an issue he wanted addressing and more help for large families. Under the guidelines you could only claim for your first child and then you received no help for any other children in the household.

Peter set out to change that and in July 1960 it was passed that all children receive family allowance to help feed and clothe them. This was seen as a massive step forward and a great victory in the socialist movement.

Peter Mortimer was a hero amongst the people of his town.


Eva came and told her father that he was going to get a visitor that evening and to make himself decent.

Peter now grew a moustache which he trimmed religiously every day. He dressed in finer clothes as the salary afforded him to do so. He was chauffeur driven around and he and his wife moved in higher circles now. He rarely went into the Pan Shop Club to see his old friends always making the excuse that he had council business.

 Tom drove up to the house in his car; Eva told her father that the man who had come to see him was here?

He stood with one arm on the mantle piece as Eva showed Tom in.

Tom was dressed in his suit and proper tie as he came and introduced himself to Eva’s father.

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