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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Tim picked up his sketch book and looked at his drawing; it was a great composition. He did another sketch of the seagulls as the circled over head. Later he went home and spent almost five days in his room as he transposed the sketches into three water coloured paintings. He had captured something unique he thought. How a group of wild birds had suddenly seemed tame and unafraid of human interaction. Was Sammy saying thank you for saving his life. Many times Tim returned to the very same spot but never again did he see his friend.

Tim started Marden High School on the 7th September 1970 his friend Johnny Webb came too after some haggling from his parents.

Alan Shell was the headmaster there and he was very fair. He was a mean guitarist and had links with Alan Bleasdale a writer from Liverpool. He actually got Alan to come into school and read one of his own books “Tuckers Luck, that Tim loved reading about.

The head master roped Tim in to paint the scenery for all the school play productions.

His art teacher Paul Errington entered some of his work into a local competition and he won first place. He was then asked to submit three painting of his own choice into a National competition. If he were to win then his paintings would hang in the National Gallery and he would win a scholarship to Art College.

Tim sent in the three painting entitled “The boy and the Seagull.

Tim just continued his studies. He got good grades that year and so did his friend Johnny.

There was sad news though in the December of that year when his gran and his father’s mother Nelly died of pleurisy. She had been poorly for sometime and every time went to see her se seemed as if she was getting worse. Tom was going in everyday to see her and as her son held her hand she called out his name. He leaned over and kissed his mother on her forehead she looked at him, smiled, and then passed away.

It took a long time for his father to get over his mothers death he seemed withdrawn and distant. He began to drink heavily and return home late.

Neither Eva nor his son could reach him he had locked himself away like his mother.

Christmas was a very quiet affair in the Lawson household.

Tom refused an invitation from Eva’s parents to go for Christmas dinner. Instead he ended up in the club then came home drunk.

There were rows, many rows as Eva fought with her husband to try and shake him out of his depressive state.

She had told him if he continued to drink like he was; then she would leave him and take Tim to live at her parent’s house.


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