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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Parking in North Shields they headed to the big department store Shepherd’s they walked up to the toy department and Tim ran straight to the black rocking horse.

His father placed him on it showing him how to hold the reins then he pushed him gently. The horse rocked back and forth and Tim put his head on the horse’s mane.

Meanwhile Eva picked out some toys for Tim that might help with his speech.

Tom bought a big sketch pad and some coloured pencils.

The lady in the shop said that they had lots of scrap paper if it was just for his son to draw on and she went into the back and brought a pile out for him.’

Tim will love this said Eva.’

“Is that what you call your little boy?’

“Yes, he’s called Tim.’

“The assistant walked up to the boy and said hello.’

Tim was oblivious to her as she tried to get his attention.’

“Finally Tom stepped in to tell her that Tim could not hear her and that he was deaf.’

Eva ran from the shop crying as Tom paid for the toys.

“I’m very sorry sir said the shop assistant I didn’t know.’

“It’s alright and thanks for the paper.’

Tom took hold of his sons hand as he carried a large bag with all the toys and paper back to the car.

He opened the boot and placed the things inside then closed it again. He saw Eva sitting on a bench across the road and walked over.

“Come on love don’t be letting Tim see you crying.’

“Is it always going to be like this Tom?

“Are we going to be stared at like circus freaks because we have a deaf child?

“He isn’t stupid Eva, he just cannot hear and he will overcome that problem I’m sure.’

“Let’s go and get something for lunch.’

“Can we just go to my mothers Tom I couldn’t go through that again in a café?’

“Alright but you are going to have to tell your mother and father you know.’

He opened the back door for his wife to get in then handed Tim to her so that he was sitting on her knee.

They drove back along the coast looking out at Tynemouth Pier as the waves crashed against its defence wall some ten feet high.

I’m glad that you are not out in that today Tom said Eva, its wild out there.’

“The thing is; its times like this that people get into trouble. The greed in some will force them out in weather like this just so they can make money because no-one else will venture out because they have more sense.’

“It would be suicide going out to sea in this weather Tom.’

“Try telling that to fishermen.’

 

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