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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Elvis had taken the world by storm with his hip shaking hillbilly type music that was different to anything her parents had grown up with. She dressed in a way her father Peter Mortimer hated and he hated the music too. He was forever telling her to turn that “Crap off”

He had been brought up listening to the sounds of Bing Crosby, Perry Como, and Frank Sinatra. Her mother Peggy liked the new sound and this infuriated her husband even more because she would say that she found Elvis very handsome. Eva thought that her father was a little jealous of the rock star because he was everything he wasn’t. Peter never wore jeans or wore checked shirts. He resigned himself to wearing gabardine trousers and white shirts with a tie and a knitted cardigan. He even took up smoking a pipe because Bing Crosby smoked one. This was much to the behest of his wife who would go around opening all the window’s to flush out the smoke. It came to a head one evening when she insisted that he go out into the garden and smoke if he wanted to indulge in tobacco.

There was an almighty row but in the end her mother got her way and father went outside to smoke.

Thirty years of marriage and they were still together albeit if they rowed every week about something.

She couldn’t stop him having a bet on the Gee Gees’ as he liked to call them and he religiously did spot the ball and the football pools. He kept a log book and each week when the results were given he demanded silence in the house whilst he wrote down the results of every team in England, Scotland, and Wales. Every Saturday night he took his wife to King Street Club where Peggy would sit with a port and lemon whilst Peter downed four bottles of Newcastle Brown ale. Peggy knew that he husband had a violent temper in drink and she would not argue with him.

Many a man who had argued with him found themselves on the seat of their arse in the street.

Peter was a riveter in the shipyard, it was a hard life. He worked long hours for little wages and he and his work mates were forever complaining about the conditions until he was persuaded to become the shop steward. Peter was more articulate than the rest and could converse with the bosses. He was a well read man and he had an extensive library of books at home which he kept adding to every time he was in the Tynemouth market on a Sunday morning held in the grounds of the railway station.

Again Peggy complained about the dust they gathered but it made no difference to Peter he had book shelves made in his bedroom and even converted space in his loft so that he could accommodate his vast array of books. The books dealt with everything from law to history. He had read some of them countless times. There was nothing that he didn’t know about employment law and it was for this reason he soon became a convener at the “Smith’s Dock Repair Yard.

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