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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“I’ve come to ask your permission to marry your daughter sir.’

“What do you think qualifies you to marry my daughter Mr Lawson?’

“Well I have my own business, I own my own home, and I have a car.

“What business are you in then Mr Lawson?

“I’m in the fishing industry sir.’ I am also a volunteer lifeboat coxswain.’

“Really and how much do you earn in an average week.

“Around £700 pounds a week sir.’

 “It must be a very profitable business Mr Lawson; but answer me this do you love my daughter?

“Yes, ‘of course sir, I would not be here otherwise; I promise to look after her and will protect her with my life if necessary.’

“No one could ask for more could they mother said Peter as he shook Tom’s hand.

Both Eva and her mother appeared from the scullery where they had both been listening intently.

“So when is the big day going to take place Tom?

 “As Soon as I can get an available booking; it will be held in St Georges in Cullercoats sir.’

“Call me Peter son you are going to be family now.’

“Eva, please pour us all a drink out would you.’

“Yes father,’

 Eva filled four flute glasses with a bottle of Champagne that her mother had bought for this very occasion.

Peter raised his glass; to the happy couple; may you have many good years ahead of you.’

“Thank you Peter, said Tom.’

“Eva came and kissed her father.

“No doubt you two will now want to go out and celebrate; I will see you again I hope Tom before the wedding.

“Yes sir, I mean yes Peter you will.’

“Good man.’

Tom and Eva left and Tom drove them back to his cottage where they made love.

“I cannot wait to become your wife said Eva.’

“And I your husband Eva, I will love you forever.’

She cuddled up to him on the bed and they lay there until after one in the morning.

Tom drove her home again and was sad that it would be the weekend before she could stay over again.

 

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