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 Tim explained what had happened his mother was annoyed she wanted to call the police but was glad that Tom had dealt out his own punishment to the boy concerned. Apart from a few bruises Tim was alright. In time the wounds to his face would heal but would the mental scars might last longer. Eva was worried for her son because he would start the high school in September where he would mix with ordinary boys his own age and older. She hoped that he wouldn’t be bullied the way he was today.

She could not protect him once he was there and she hoped that he would have the strength to fit in. For now though she would allow him to enjoy his holiday.


During the summer holidays Tim kept himself amused by helping his father with the boat. It had to be sanded down and repainted. The engine was serviced, and then the oil changed. The hooks were either re-sharpened or replaced. The crab pots were repaired and the new ones added to the string.

His father had some good catches during the summer months and he was out fishing every day. The money he made during this time would see him throughout the winter.

Then he would have to choose carefully when he could risk taking the boat out.

“He didn’t want to look foolish like the many that he had to rescue because of miscalculation and sometimes foolhardiness of some fishermen.

Tom went out with his father at least three times a week when the weather permitted.

His father always gave him a wage for helping him. Tim saved up his money over the summer and usually spent some of it over the Christmas on his grand parents and his mother and father. He still had around three hundred pounds in his account.

Tim continued to sketch and draw. He even sold some pieces framed of local landscapes. He replicated his drawings of Sammy, his seagull using poetic licence by incorporating drawings of his father out in the Nelly B. He would sit and sketch the Leda and the Neptune as they left the Tyne to go to Norway. It was during one of these days that a strange occurrence happened.

Sitting on the rocks above the lifeboat station one afternoon; he was sketching away when a flock of seagulls were flying above him when they all landed close by  then one of them came to him and sat between his legs.

He quickly turned the page and began to sketch the bird then one by one the seagulls all sat around him. The birds seemed content to let Tim draw them all and he made a mental image of himself as he sat there.

It was the most wonderful moment in his life; Sammy had returned and had brought his family for him to see. After a hour Sammy squealed and the birds took off they circled over head a few times then headed back out to sea.


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