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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“Ge ge, said Tim unexpectedly.’

“Did you hear that Tim spoke; he can hear; listen, Tim say Gee Gee’s for granddad.

 “Gee Gee, Tom repeated in a guttural sound not quite clear but he said it.’

“That means Tim is not totally deaf Eva he has some hearing.

“That’s marvellous dad, it’s the first time I’ve hear my son speak.’

Tim Banged his hand on the Television set as the horses began to race down the field.

“Gee Gee; Tim repeated over and over.

Eva made Tim face her and said Yes Tim they are Gee Gee’s she pointed to the television set.’

“We are going to get a television on Monday Tom; it will help Tim with his speech.

“Don’t you worry about a television Eva, I know Tom Swan personally; he was in my class in Linkskill School; we played on the same football team.’ He will sort me out with a good TV set for little Timmy.’

Dad we cannot expect you to buy us a TV set.

“It’s my Christmas box to my Grandson.’

“Eva kissed her father and held him for a few seconds.’

“Right your sandwiches are ready if you would like to come through into the kitchen.’

Tim dripped his toast into the Heinz beans that his gran had cut into soldiers for him.

The bacon sandwiches were nice; Tom ate three of them and downed two cups of tea as he was used to drinking out of a pot at home.

When they had finished Eva helped with the washing up before putting on her coat and hat back on then getting Tim ready.

“Are you coming for lunch tomorrow dear, I have a nice roast I’m sure Tom would enjoy it. It will give you a break from cooking I’m sure.’

“Would you like to come for Sunday lunch Tom asked Peggy?

“You know I love your cooking Peggy; Of course what time should we come.’

Well you could take Peter for a pint at the club and leave Eva and Timmy here.

“Sounds good to me what do you say Peter.

“Aye I would like that.’

“What about you Tim he turned his face towards the boy so he could see his lips moving; do you want to come and see nana tomorrow.’

“Nan-a

“Did you hear that, he said nana?’

“Yes I did; there were tears of joy in Eva’s eyes as she said goodbye to her parents at the door.

“Wave your hand Tim said Eva as the car pulled away.’

 

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