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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When Tom eventually did turn up mother and child were in discomfort they did a caesarean delivery and the baby had to be put into an incubator.

Over the next two weeks Eva and the baby made good progress. She and her son were allowed home.

Tom had everything prepared for mother and child when they returned.

Eva became withdrawn from both Tom and the baby who she hadn’t even named and he was almost three weeks old.

“Her father and mother came to see her to try and shake her out of her depressive state but nothing seemed to help.

“He mother told her that she would have to give the child a name.

“Call him what the hell you like she blasted her mother “I do care.’

Tom made the decision for her and he named him Timothy after his grandfather.

Tom was the one who got up during the night and gave the baby the milk formula because Eva refused to breast feed. She said that breast feeding would make her breasts sag. He changed the nappies and washed them whilst Eva virtually ignored the child. Timothy came down with a fever and again the doctor was called out.

The doctor informed Tom that there was a danger that the child would not survive.

“The next forty eight hours will be crucial Mrs Lawson; your child needs you.

Eva looked down at her son who was fighting for breath and suddenly she began to cry. The doctor passed the child to her and she held him for the first time.

A week passed and the fever left the baby and he looked up at his mother who now fed and changed him. She sang to him and he grabbed hold of her fingers when she cleaned his face or bathed him.

Peggy and Peter doted on him and brought him a milky chocolate bar each time they called.

By the time Tim was one year old he was walking around the cottage but had made no attempt to talk.

Eva discovered that there was something wrong with the child when she dropped a plate from the sink whilst she was washing it.

“Tim never budged; she went behind Tim and clapped her hands and Tim didn’t respond. Panic set in and Eva was trying anything to try and get her son’s attention.

Finally she picked up the phone and rung the doctors surgery. He asked her to bring Tim straight down so that he could check him over.

She placed Tim in a push chair then raced along up Mast Lane to the surgery.

She went to the reception where she told the woman that the doctor was expecting her. “Please take a seat Mrs Lawson the doctor will be right with you.’

Ten minutes later Dr Cashmin came out of his room then asked her to come in.


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