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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It was only when Tom showed him using a plastic toy wheel and said that Tim went to the door. He knows what the car is, he thought. “Wait for mummy Tim, Tom pointed to the bedroom, and Tim ran to it and took hold of his mothers hand and tried to pull her towards the door.

“I won’t be long she said to him then began to brush her hair as Tim looked on.

Tim ran back into the scullery then pointed to his coat hanging on the door.

Tom got it down for him then put it on then placed the woollen pom, pom hat on his head and gloves on his hands as it was frosty outside. Tom put on his sheepskin coat and shouted for his wife to hurry up.

Eva put on her white long coat with a white hat and gloves. Eva locked the back door, the bitter cold North East wind whistled around the yard then she closed the wooden back yard gate. Tom was clearing the newspapers from the windscreen of the car as Tim looked out the window at the back blowing hot breath against the screen then using his fingers to draw. Tom hoped that the engine would start first time as he stepped inside.

Eva sat in the back of the Hillman Imp; she waited patiently and the car stuttered then the engine turned over. “Tough as old boots these cars are said Tom turning left at the bottom of the lane then headed towards the garage to get some petrol.

He filled up the tank from the BP Garage then went in and paid.

He came out then got in behind the wheel handing Eva the Green Shield stamps which she stuck into the book that was kept in the glove compartment.

“Right then let’s go and see your gran Tim.’


The dulcet tones of Max Bygrave’s were playing as Tom carried his son into the day room. It was very warm in there winter or summer. Tim spotted his gran and struggled to get down. Tom put him on his feet and off he ran towards his grandmother.

She saw him and smiled.

Tom and Eva approached and sat down on a small sofa.

“Hi Mam he said, but she was totally wrapped up in the young child.

Tom talked away to his mother hoping that she would answer him as he told her about his week. Suddenly she began to sing to the boy as she held his hands. “Hush little baby don’t say a word, mamma’s going to buy you a mocking bird’

It was a song that she would often sing to Tom when he was a child Tim put his hand to her cheek and he would smile away as she sang.

“I wonder if he can hear her said Tom.’

“No, but he can feel the vibrations from your mothers voice.’

They sat for half an hour then he kissed his mother and left.


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