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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“Well there will have to be some changes Tom that’s all I’m saying.’

“Changes, what bloody changes?

“Well that lifeboat for one, you do not have to go there, you said yourself that you are only a volunteer.’

“Look here Eva, I don’t want a row with you but get this through your head now; you are not laying the law down here. We have only been married a few days for God’s sake and you are trying to dictate rules to me already.’

“Well,’ I wanted to sort things out now before you got back into your old ways.

“Old ways’ Eva it’s my job, my life and I’m sorry if you do not like it but I am not changing for you or anyone.’

“If you think that I am sitting waiting for you to return when you feel like coming in then you are mistaken Tom Lawson.’

“You are not are you, then fine don’t; I ‘m going out to the club and I will be back when I feel like it. Tom slammed the door as he left.

Eva sat in the chair crying; what had she done she thought. I should have done something before we were married then they wouldn’t be having this row now.

She had allowed tom to get the upper hand and now it was going to be hard for him to come to terms with but eventually he would come around to her way of thinking.

 

Tom stood in the club with a pint in his hand as the barman asked him why he wasn’t at home with his new bride.

“I just called in for a couple Steve.’ I’ve been down to the station to check the boat.’

The job never stops you know; has there been any emergencies whilst I have been away?

“Not that I know of mate none of the lads have said anything.’

Thanks Steve; giz another pint then I will head back.’

Steve Hunter poured him another pint of scotch then took payment.’

He thought about what Eva had said and the more he thought about it the more angry he got. He was not going to give up the lifeboat so she had better get used to it. He took a gulp of beer and thought how he was going to explain to Eva how important the lifeboat was to the community of Cullercoats and the North East Coast.

“Yes,’ that’s it he thought that’s the angle he would take with her; she would eventually see sense.

He took another swig from the pint then set it down on the bar as Billy Giles walked in.

“Hey Tom, why aren’t you with the new bride; don’t tell me you have fallen out already?

“Aye something like it mate.’

“Here I will get you a pint and you can tell me all about it.’

 

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