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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Tom opened a bottle of beer from the fridge and asked Eva if she would like one.

“Alright let me get Tim to bed first then I will join you.’

“Come on Tim it’s time for your bed she said looking into his face. She put on a nappy for during the night that he wore. He was using his potty after she had shown him how to use it.’

After Tim was put in his cot it didn’t take him long before he was sleeping soundly.

Tom had taken the paintings that his son had done and pinned them up on the wall.

He then poured out a glass of beer each for them and they sat in the big chair together just holding one another.

“Can we go Christmas shopping after we’ve been to see your mother?

“Are you coming?

“Yes, I will call in at my mothers when we get back.’

“Alright and do you want to eat out somewhere as well?

“We could do that I suppose as long as they can accommodate Tim.’

“Good; that’s settled Christmas shopping and dinner, sounds like a plan to me.’

“Now how about an early night Mr Lawson?’

“Shall we take our beer in the bedroom?’

“Why not.’

They both got up from the big chair then walked to the bedroom.


Tim was rattling the coloured beads on his cot and that’s what woke up his parents.

Tom glanced at the clock on the bedside cabinet it was just six o’clock he thought but he knew that Tim wouldn’t stop until he got up.

“His father got up then took hold of his son in a fireman’s lift then ran with him into the scullery.

He smelled to see if his son was dry and had not left a present for him to clean up.

“Hey, you good boy he said in front of his sons face so that he could see his lips moving.

He took off the nappy and led his son to the potty where without prompting he sat on it and used it.

“Good Boy Tim said his father again to his son and showed him where he emptied the potty then he washed it out and put it back where he knew his son would look for it.

He washed his hands and face then set about making porridge for his son to eat.

Meanwhile Tim saw his pictures on the wall and pointed at them.

Good eh Tim; said his father.


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