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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Eva had met Tom Lawson at the “Oxford in Newcastle one evening when she and her friend Nora Bridgett had gone out dancing. Eva loved the night life and it took out of the hum drum existence of working at Tyne Brand on North Shields Quayside. The factory processed not only fish but beef mince and Irish stew.

Eva worked in the packing department along with Nora and many other girls.

They would often strike up a song to break the boredom.

“The £3 17/shillings and sixpence each week that she earned was handed to her mother who gave her £2.00. She had to buy clothes out of that and it took many weeks to save for a new dress or the latest fashion shoes, hand bags and coats.

Eva and Nora sat in the corner of the ballroom when in walked a tall handsome man with three of his friends.

He walked around the place with an air of confidence and his friends seemed to look up to him.

They made their way to the bar then tom looked around the dance floor then spotted Eva and Nora he left his friends at the bar and was walking towards them.

The blue suit with a black velvet collar, white shirt, boot lace tie and highly polished winkle pickers.

“Look Eva that guy is coming over here.’

“Hi are you girls on you own then?’

“Might be said Eva.”

“Do you want to dance with me?’

“Why would I want to dance with you?’

“Because I’m a good dancer; and I’m better than half the planks in here.’

“You think so do you?’

“I know so.’

“He’s pretty sure of himself isn’t he Nora?

“Aye he is; do any of your mates dance as well are they just here for amusement?’

“Geordie Shotton over there is good; I will get him to dance with you.’

“Come on then the night is wastin’ away; it will be closing’ soon.’

“Alright then said Eva; let’s see if you can back up your boast.’

Tom led Eva to the floor as Jerry Lee Lewis record “Great Balls of Fire” began to play.

Tom glided Eva around the dance floor like she was a piece of tissue paper. He lifted and swung her around then caught her as she came down. He was swinging her around then picked her up gently by the waist and moved her to each side of him then through his legs.

“There was no mistaking how good he was and when the dance was over he led he back to her seat.

“Well then what’s the verdict, did I pass the test?’

“Not bad said Eva; knowing that she had been totally swept off her feet.

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