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 had made a pot of tea when Eva got up; Tim was in his high chair eating porridge.

“Sorry love I was tired; someone kept me awake half the night; she kissed him playfully as he handed her a cup of tea.

Would you like some porridge?

“Not just now; later maybe.’

Right I am going to get a wash and a shave; can we be ready to leave by 8 o’clock pet?

“Yes, what time will they let you see your mother?

About 8.30 a.m. they get them up at around six every morning so they can get them into the bath and change them then do their hair.

I have to get petrol for the car first so it will be after half eight by the time we get their. Eva could hear Tom singing in the bathroom shortly after as she began to run some hot water in the stone sink so she could put Tim in it.

She kept an empty Fairy Liquid bottle so that her son could play with it whilst she bathed him.

Tim happily splashed the water while Eva washed him; she squeezed the empty bottle so it made more bubbles in the water Tim picked the suds up in his hands and looked at the colours the bubbles produced.

She left him to play for a minute whilst she got his clothes and shoes to wear then lifted him out with a towel wrapped around him.

Eva dried him off quickly then put on his clothes. She tied his Clark’s shoes and then combed his curly mop of hair which had a mind of its own. No matter how she brushed it. The hair on his head just sprung back to its original place. He had eight teeth and was able to brush them with help from Mummy of course; the little pieces of enamel sparkled after they were done. Then she gave him a beaker with some milk to drink.

“Can yon keep an eye on Tim whilst I get myself ready Tom?

“Yes just a minute; I can’t find my red tie; have you seen it?

“It’s in your top draw under your socks.

“Got it; thanks.’ He did the tie up as he came out of the bedroom.

“Okay, you can get ready now he said.

Don’t let Tim get dirty.

Tim had cottoned on to the idea that if he pointed at things his parents would give it to him.

He could now climb and he pulled himself up into the chair next to his dad then pointed at the wall at his pictures.

“No Tim we cannot paint he told Tim as he looked into his eyes and shook his finger and said no!


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