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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As the months passed Tim improved rapidly now nearly three years old he could speak in short sentences and turn on the TV set all by himself. “He loved watch with mother especially Andy Pandy, and Bill and Ben the Flower Pot Men.

He imitated Weed when she spoke.

Anything that would prove educational Eva let Tim watch it. He liked to watch “Vision On” The first programme on television to cater for deaf people. Pat Keysell who was an actress who taught deaf people presented the programme; Artist Tony Hart and Morph would get Tim’s attention. Tim would watch him intently paint and draw and create things. Then he liked to watch Blue Peter with Tony Hart, Anita West, and Sandra Michaels.

He would laugh at Captain Pugwash, and Fireball XL5. Tim would spend hours drawing and colouring in. would draw his father on his boat with the rocks and the pier wall and the life boat station. He would draw seagulls flying around they were crude drawings but Tim liked drawing.

He started Woodlawn primary school on his fourth birthday; with all the teaching that he’d received from his mother Tim was way in front of the rest in his class and had a reading age of an eleven year old. They did teach him sign language which he was fully conversant with in six months. They had to place him two classes above the one he was in because he was just too far advanced.


By the time Tim was ten years old he could paint and draw to a very high degree and he would make things from dead wood. They no longer used wood for the fire as it had been replaced with a gas fire. He went out along the beach with his father who took him out in the boat with him and taught him all there was to know about fishing in a coble, the weather and how to spot the signs of danger. Tim knew all about the lifeboat too and couldn’t wait until he was sixteen so he could join up as a volunteer like his father and grandfather before him.

Tim had come a long way and he excelled in all subjects at school.

He and his father still went to the nursing home on a Saturday to see his gran who was now seventy four years old. Her health was now failing; she had breathing problems caused by bouts of flu that had turned into pneumonia.

He would sit and sketch his gran in charcoal and pencil and the likeness was unreal. The eyes seemed to come to life even those she was locked away in her own little world. Tim had captured her in a moment when she seemed as if she was normal; not hidden in some labyrinth where no-one could reach her. He sketched his other grand parent’s too but he was especially proud of the picture of his mother which he had drawn which hung in the living room. She had her hair tied back with a silk scarf

And was wearing an open necked purple coloured blouse. It really captured her beautiful face.


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