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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“Well make sure he does want to learn; because he may end up hating you as we did some of our teachers at school.’

“He won’t he loves his mamma don’t you Tim.’

“Mamma; mamma,

“Can you say dada Tim; asked his mother forming the words with her lips so that Tim could see.


“Good boy, point to where dada is Tim.’

Tim pointed to the bathroom where his father was getting washed.’

“Yes; that’s dada, and I’m your mamma she said pointing at her self.

“Tim pointed at her and said Mamma then at the bathroom and said dada.’

“You’re one clever boy.’

“Bic, bic, he said pointing at the cookie jar.

“My you learn fast don’t you? She handed him the jar and he took a biscuit.

“She stopped him before he put it in his mouth and said B I S C U I T.’

“Bic, bic.’

“Nearly Tim, Biscuit, say the word Biscuit.’


“That’s nearly it Tim, say B I S C U T.’

“Biscut Tim repeated.

“That’s it Tim; good boy.’

“She picked out a cookie from the jar and held it out until Tim asked for a biscuit.’

“Clever boy Tim.’

“Tim sat at the table eating whilst Eva served up the steak and kidney pie with mashed potato, peas, and carrots.

The Steam rose from the food on the table and Tim pointed to it.

Dada’s dinner is hot.

She tried to explain what the difference was between hot and cold was to her son and the only way in which she could was by touching a hot kettle that had been on the stove and pulling her hand away. HOT Tim, hot.’

Tim touched the kettle then quickly removed his fingers.

“Hot mamma.’

Yes HOT Tim;

She took Tim over to the fridge and took out the frozen peas. She held them in her hand then said COLD and made herself shiver.

Tim felt the peas then again withdrew his hand.

“Cold mamma.’

“Yes Tim Cold.’

Tom sat down to his dinner and Tim said; Hot dada hot.’


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