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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At nine o’clock on Monday morning there was a call from the doctor’s surgery asking her to come to the hearing clinic with Tim on Clermont Road in Gosforth. She had to be there for three o’clock. She had to leave a note for Tom who had taken advantage of a calm sea to go out fishing.

She was so excited when she arrived at the clinic on the trolley bus.

Professor Bernard Johnson came out to introduce himself. The tall handsome man with gold rimmed spectacles asked Eva to come through to a room where he put on an ear piece on Tim’s left ear then played some different sounds. The audiometer checked to see if Tim could distinguish any sound. There was no recognition of sound in that ear. Eva had told him of what had happened at her father’s house a couple of days ago and he said we will check the other ear.

It was marvellous; Tim began to smile when he heard sound in his right ear.

After the test was over Professor Johnson told Eva that her son could hear certain sounds; he would have to wear a hearing aid that would help him distinguish the sounds that he was missing. Tom was fitted later that day and the professor asked Eva to speak to her son.

Eva nervously looked at Tim then spoke to him. “Hello Tim it’s me your mother can you hear me?’ say mamma for me, M A M MA.’

“Mamma repeated the boy.’

“Oh thank you professor.’

“Well,’ we are not out of the woods yet Mrs Lawson; Tim is going to need a lot of help to form his words properly.

“Did you notice, his speech sounds a little different to the way we speak?

“Yes will he always have that tone when he talks?

It’s hard to say at this stage; but let’s not jump the gun here Mrs Lawson we have made significant progress here today. I want you and your husband to talk with Tim all the time and he will pick up and imitate speech.

“Do not berate him if he copies all the time; this is his way of learning. He will need to go to a special school for deaf children when he is old enough.’

“But my son is not deaf; he can hear.’

“Yes but for him to learn he will still need to learn sign language and how to pronounce certain sounds like the letter B-F- P and S. These are the hardest letters for a deaf or partially deaf person to learn.’

“He will make rapid progress by the time he starts school.’

“But… When will that be; will he not go now?’

“No,’ Mrs Lawson it is too early in the child’s cognitive development.’

“Well I disagree with you there professor; it is my belief that Tim should be learning now.’

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