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 the spring of 1960 Tom Lawson married Eva and there was a great turn out to see them at the church. The Lifeboat men all showed up and the Tynemouth park hotel held the reception. The newly weds danced and sang until the early hours. Tom’s father in law had paid for them to go to and stay at the four star Crown Spar Hotel in Scarborough for three days Tom drove down to Scarborough after they had both changed. After they had checked in, they were shown to their room which was the bridal suite.

Isn’t this lovely Tom said Eva as she looked about the room then gazed out onto the North Bay that stretched for miles across the Yorkshire seaside town.


Over the next two days they visited the theatre, rode on the Raven steam engine to Rillington, went to the Italian garden’s and went to the Capitol Cinema to see “Carve her name with Pride with Virginia McKenna and Paul Schofield. Tom went to the Turkish Baths one afternoon whilst Eva did some shopping. She brought sticks of rock back for her friends at work. It was too cold to go to the outdoor pool but they did walk right along the promenade to the south side of the bay. The wind was blowing fairly strongly but it made no difference to them both they were happy just being together. On the last day they took the red and cream bus to Peasholm Park. The sun was shining as they walked around. They found a little café that served good home cooking and Tom loved the place.

“We should come back here every year on our anniversary Eva said Tom.’

“Yes,’ I would like that said Eva but we will come in the summer so we can lie on the beach and get a sun tan. Having spent three days travelling around eating and making love the honeymoon was over and they packed their cases and made the journey back home. Tom stopped at a garage and filled up the car with petrol; making sure that he got his green shield stamps that could be traded in for groceries. There were about 40 to a page and when the book was full you took it to the shop.

It was late afternoon when they got back Eva put on the kettle as soon as they arrived whilst Tom cleaned out the fire and got it going. Once it was lit if felt more like home they sat together cuddled up in the big armchair near the fire.

“Well its back to work tomorrow love, said Tom. The party is over and now we begin our lives together.’

“Yes, Tom it will be lovely when I fix the place up a bit; sorry but it is a bit old fashioned.  I will buy some new curtains and bits of furniture; I will bring my bedroom furniture over and it will make the cottage more modern. “Don’t get rid of my armchair though will you. I love it.’


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