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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Things carried on smoothly in the Lawson household for the next eight months until Eva discovered that she was pregnant. It was confirmed when she visited her doctor. Eva wasn’t happy about the situation. She thought that she would be married for at least two years before starting a family. She was too young to be saddled with a child.

She didn’t want to give up her job at Tyne Brand either and she would miss the company of her friend Nora who would be getting married to Geordie Shotton soon.

A sense of utter hopelessness came over Eva; she would never be the same again.

She was determined not to get too fat. She would restrict her food intake she thought and that way she wouldn’t start showing until she was at least six months.

Tom was delighted of course when she broke the news.

“Let’s hope it’s a boy said Tom excitedly.’

“It might be a girl, you know.’

“I’m not bothered either way Eva as long as the child is healthy.’

Eva broke the news to her parents that weekend when they came for Sunday Lunch.

Eva had cleaned the cottage from top to toe. Put up the new curtains and bought a new table cloth, napkins, and wine glasses. Her father had discovered a liking for wine after going to so many meetings over the years. He was still the MP for North Tyneside but his popularity was waning amongst the people he was representing who thought that now he was in a position of power he had lost all rhyme and reason why he was elected in the first place. He was now one of those he had himself opposed a few years ago. He had lost touch with his own folk; he now looked down on them and would hardly give them time of day.

The point was reinforced when he kept a former workmate at his door when he came for help regarding a union issue.

“His opinion on strike for higher pay and better working conditions had changed and he told his friend that his hands were tied and there was nothing that he could do.

The man left the house angry. He went back and told his colleagues what peter had told him. The word soon got around that Peter Mortimer was now a Freemason and I turn coat. In the May election of 1961 Peter Mortimer lost his seat in parliament.

He moved from his house on Howdon Road after forty years after bricks were thrown at his windows and someone painted communistic slogans on his door.

He now lived near his daughter on the seafront in a large terraced house.

Eva was then nearly ready to give birth she had done well to keep her bump down to a minimum by virtually starving herself. The doctor advised that she take vitamins and iron tablets.

She completely ignored Dr Cashmin’s advice.

Eva had a rough time in labour to make matters worse tom wasn’t there; he was out with the lifeboat and she cursed him for not being with her.


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