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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Eva got home with her son she took off his coat and hat then turned on the radio to see if Tim could hear the music. When Tim heard the sound of Elvis Presley singing “wooden heart” he bent his knees and tried to dance. Eva sang along and Tim tried to imitate the sound. She peeled potatoes to the sound of Del Shannon singing “Runaway and danced away to Johnny remember me by John Leyton

Eva made a steak and kidney pie for Tom coming in.

“When that was done she placed Tim at the table whilst she cut out words on pieces of card she used a permanent marker to write the words. Then she made the alphabet.

“Now Tim we are going to play a little game.’

“Do you want to play she asked looking into his face?

“Tim nodded and clapped his hands.’

“Now if you can get these right I will let you have a biscuit from the cookie jar.

She pointed to the jar so that Tim knew what she meant.

“Okay; the first letter is A you say Aah like mamma say Aah.’

Eva formed the word in front of Tim so he could see her lips move’

“Say Aah Tim; for you’re mamma.’

“Aah repeated Tim; then pointed to the cookie Jar.’

“Good boy now lets see if you can say B you say Buh; say the word Buh.

Watch my lips Tim; she pointed to her mouth and said the word Buh again.


“Nearly Tim; say Buh buh buh buh.’

“Buh buh buh buh.

“Very good Tim. Now this is the letter C say Cuh; Cuh Cuh Cuh.’

“Cuh, Cuh Cuh Cuh.

“Good boy Tim.’

Tim clapped his hands.

“It took nearly and hour for Tim to recite the alphabet and he was given two custard creams to eat.’

“Every day she would teach him a new word she thought.’

Tom returned from fishing carrying a fish parcel; there’s some Skate and haddock in there.’

“I’ve been to see professor Johnson today Tom Tim is only deaf in one ear he is partially deaf in his other; he has given him a hearing aid and now he can hear us talking. Bernard say’s we must speak to Tim all the time so that he imitates us and our words. I also made some letters for him to learn this afternoon. We can teach him words every day Tom. I taught him the alphabet this afternoon. Tomorrow we go onto learn a word.


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