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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When Tom returned Eva got the shock of her life; Tom had restyled his hair into a more modern look. He now resembled Warren Beatty the Hollywood actor.

“Wow! Dad you look great said Tim.

“It’s like having a new man in the house said Eva.’

“Do you like it?’

“I haven’t made my mind up yet but it will grow on me.’

“All you need now are some new clothes dad;

“What’s wrong with the ones that I have?

“Old fashioned; out dated rubbish.

“Hey in my day I was regarded as the coolest dresser around I will have you know.’

“What year was that 1892?

“Did you hear that Eva.’

“Well they are a little dated dear. It’s time that you changed your wardrobe.’

“Alright, alright I will go tomorrow and buy some new clothes.’

“Let me come with you then, mean while here; fold all of those drapes and shoes and put them into this black bag I will take them down to the local theatre group for their costume department.

“Tim was laughing uncontrollably on the floor.’

“What are we having for our dinner tonight said Tom changing the subject?’

“Certainly not blue crêpe’ sponge or draped potatoes said Tim.’ or you could have some old winkle pickers.’

“Okay; I get the message.’

Tom went into his room and folded his old clothes; it was like shedding a skin; he was reluctant to throw away any of it’ but he knew if he didn’t then he would be stuck in the past.

He brought out the bag and handed it to his wife who kissed him and then placed the bag near the front door to remind her to take them to the theatre group.

He sat at the table whilst Eva served him sausage casserole and some crusty bread.

Tim sat with his father as they ate their meal together.’

“Oh mam; said Tim I’m going with Johnny Webb tomorrow morning to see “Let it be by The Beatles tomorrow morning.’

“Oh and what about going to see both your grand parents?

“I can do that when I come back mam; I promise. Tim still spoke with a guttural sound but it wasn’t as bad as it was.’

“Alright but make sure that you do,’


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