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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Johnny Webb was a tall boy for his age; he wore hearing aids in both ears; he was smartly dressed as he came knocking on the door of Tim’s house. He lived in North Shields but had travelled up to Earsdon Village where there was a car boot sale that his father liked to go to. Johnny got off at Cullercoats and left his father on the bus.

Eva answered the door and asked Johnny to come inside.

“Is Tim not ready yet Mrs Lawson?

“He’s coming Johnny, Eva spoke slowly and clearly looking a Johnny because his hearing wasn’t as good as her sons.

“Tim she shouted; Johnny’s here for you.’

Tim rushed to the living room with his black Harrington jacket on a pair of Levi jeans and a pair of burgundy loafers on. Johnny wore a red Harrington and a red checked shirt with Levis and black brogues.’

“Well you both look smart; have you got enough money Tim?

“Dad gave me a pound last night; he smiled.

“Well here’s another five bob in case you need it.

“Oh thanks mam; I will see you at gran’s about three o’clock.’

“Eva watched the two boys as they walked towards the bus shelter then closed the door.

Johnny told Tim that there was a Peter Sellers Movie on called The Pink Panther.’

“I liked him in Tom Thumb with Terry Thomas.’

Looking across the bay Tom saw his father and waved but he did not notice him.

They got on the 301 which would drop them off in Northumberland Square; not far from the cinema.

“What time is it Johnny asked as they got onto the bus?’

“Its quarter to nine; we should just make it then as the doors open at ten past.

They ran upstairs and sat at the front of the bus looking out. They could see right down into Tynemouth as the bus made its way along the promenade. It turned right when it stopped briefly outside of the Gibraltar Rock which looked onto the Tynemouth Priory Castle ruins and King Edwards Bay. They passed the Territorial Army Barracks seeing young cadets doing drills in the grounds. Then past Knots Flats and Northumberland Park. The bus stopped at a set of traffic lights they could see Frank Wappats Church on the right as the bus swung left into Northumberland Square. The pigeons were billing and cooing as they flew beside people who were feeding them from the seated area. The old Wooden Doll statue stood proudly in the Square amongst all the flowerbeds of geraniums and nasturtiums. Tim remembered picking caterpillars from the leaves and taking them into school for the nature table.

They ran past the square towards the YMCA  and along towards the Catholic Club then turned left.


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