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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The doors were just opening and Johnny and Tim stood in the queue waiting until he saw a group of boys pushing in. This annoyed Johnny whose sense of fairness would not allow the boys to get away with it.

“Hey you’s lot?’

“You speaking to me said the biggest boy in the group.

“Yes.’ you pushed in; get back.’

“Listen to me Dummy shut your mouth or I will shut it for you.’

“I’m not a dummy;

“You must be with those wires in you lugs he laughed and his friends joined in.’

The usher was about to let them in when Johnny told the usher they had pushed in and he grabbed hold of them and made them wait until everyone else had got in.

Robert Hedgeman made his way inside pushing people out of his way as he looked for the person who had stopped him from getting inside earlier.

They were not down stairs so he and his friends went up the stairs.

 They looked around until Mick Summers pointed towards the front where he saw who they were looking for.

They took their seats so they could keep toot on the two boys.

The lights went down and a series of Bugs Bunny Cartoons were shown then the Peter sellers film.

Johnny and Tim were oblivious to the fact that they were being watched.

And when the first feature finished Tim went to the toilet. Hedgeman followed along with his two friends.

They entered the toilet then chased out a young boy until there was only Tim in the cubicle.

When he came out he spotted the boy who had been stopped from getting in by the usher.

“Remember me dummy.’

“Yes, you’re the gang who pushed in; so what?

“Well no- one does that to me and gets away with it.’

His fist shot out punching Tim in the eye then another and another until Tim fell. There were boots reining down upon him until he lost consciousness.

He had been in the toilet about fifteen minutes before he staggered back to his seat.

He told Johnny what had happened; Johnny was going to go and tell the usher again but Tim stopped him.

“We’ll sort this outside Johnny but I want that big bully myself.’

“Are you sure you don’t look good. Your eye is swollen and your lip is cut.

“Make sure that we get out before them; I want to be waiting for him when he comes out. Just watch my back will you.’


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