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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Johnny Ray the singer he’s deaf, Ludwig Van Beethoven one of the greatest composers, Chuck Baird painter and musician, and Helen Keller teacher of deaf people. So don’t tell me our son will not aspire to be anything. He will find his way in life hearing or not.’

Tom was about to put on his coat and go out by himself when Tim took his hand and pulled it.

“See he knows Eva; our son knows when we fight.’

Tom hung the coat back on the peg then came back into the scullery carrying his son.

He took out a jam jar and filled it with water, he brought out a small tin it was flat and when he opened it there was an array of coloured paints inside.

“What are you doing?’

“I’m going to teach our son how to paint and draw.’

He took a soft drawing pencil and opened a A3 sketch pad he sat and drew the bowl of fruit that was in the middle of the table along with the milk jug and the sugar bowl with a spoon in it.

Tim sat and watched his father then waited until his father began to paint the picture

“You never told me that you were good at art.’

“There are lots of things you don’t know about me Eva.’

“Man of mystery eh.’

“You could say that; my teacher Mr Morgan said I had a thirst for knowledge when I was at school.’

“I was pretty good at cross country running when I was about eleven and I won the North Eastern Counties cross country Championship.’

“Did you, yes.

“Bit of a dark horse aren’t you?

“When the painting was finished he showed it to Eva.’

That’s really good.’

Tim held out his hand and his father tore off a sheet of the sketching paper and gave his on the pencil.

He held it in his left hand and began a series of scribbles; then he pointed to the paints and Tom gave him the paint brush. He dipped the brush in the water as he had seen

his father do. He then proceeded in making one almighty mess of colour but he was laughing.

Tom gave him another sheet of paper and again he picked up the pencil and scribbled away. “You had better hang on to these I believe we have a butting Pablo Picasso in our midst.

For two hours Tim played with the pencil and the sketch book.

“Well we know what Santa Claus is going to bring you this year don’t we Tim.’

“Eva smiled knowing that her son could learn. It was going to be a hard road for both of them but somehow she knew that they could get through it.


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