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 twelve thirty when Tom stopped outside of Eva’s parent’s house.

Peggy greeted them at the door and they went in.

“Come in and get warm it’s freezing today isn’t it?

“Hello Eva said her father as she came in and kissed him.

Hi Tom, would you like a whiskey to warm you up.’” No thanks Peter it’s a little early for me.’

Hey Tim, how’s my little grandson?’

Listen you had both better sit down, I have something to tell you?

“Oh lovely said her mother are we to have another pitter patter of little feet?’

“No mother, I’m not pregnant.’

“What is it then dear?’

“Its Tim mother; we found out yesterday that he is deaf.’

Surely not; he seems healthy enough, are you sure?’

“Yes mother, he was tested yesterday and the doctor told me.’

“Is he deaf in both ears?

“Yes, he has to start sign language as so as possible.

“Well anything he needs Eva I will make sure that he gets the best said Peter as he sipped on his glass of whiskey.’

“Professor Bernard Johnson the top speech therapist in the country is going to help us dad.’

“I should think so too; I mean the little lad has to lead a normal life the same as everyone else.’

“The thing is dad, Tim will never be like any other child; he will probably have to go to a special school for deaf children.’

“Don’t worry about it Eva; Tim is still or Grandson and nothing is going to change that.

Now you both come and sit down and we will fix you some lunch.

“How about a nice bacon sandwich?’

“Only if you have HP sauce Peggy said Tom.’

“Peter won’t eat bacon without brown sauce either so yes, we have some.’

“I can make some beans on toast for little Timmy. “ Will he sit at the table?

“Yes mam, but you will have to push the chair right in for him.’

Peggy took out a large pack of back Danish bacon and lay it on a tray then placed it into the oven. “I baked some fresh bread this morning and we have some Lurpak butter as well.’

“Sounds good to me Peggy said Tom.’

Tim was looking at the TV as the horses were being led to the paddock.

“See he loves the Gee Gee’s just like his granddad don’t you Tim.’

 

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