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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In the spring of 1971 two letters dropped through the post. One was addressed to his father and the other to Tim.

Tom opened the letter and read it then scrumpled it up and threw it across the room.

Eva picked up the letter and straightened it out. It was from the Lifeboat Association asking him to get help because of his drinking. In the meantime he was suspended from his duty as coxswain as his crew were concerned about their safety whilst he was in control. The life boat had been his life since he was sixteen. He saw it as a kick in the teeth. He ranted and raved in his drunken state until Tim picked up his pot from the table and threw it against the wall.

The pot shattered and Tom looked at his son who was crying now. It was the first time that he’d seen his son cry.

Tim stood up and spoke. “Do you think that you are the only one who is hurting dad?’ “Well we all are here.’

“I miss my gran more than you will ever know; I loved her too you never saw or felt the way she looked at me or sang to me. She knew when I was happy and she knew when I was upset. I feel empty too if it’s any consolation but do you see me going off the rails and destroying everything that I have built. Gran is in a far better place now dad. Remember what you said to me about Sammy my seagull.’ You told me to let him go because something’s are meant to be free. Well gran is free now dad; she is free to fly with the angels in heaven.’

Tim went to his room and lay on the bed he stared at the pictures on his wall.

He thought about his life and how far that he had come in such a short space of time.

“Whatever happened he would look after his mother.

It was half an hour later when his mother came into his room and told him to pack a bag with some clothes as they were leaving.

Tim took out his small case and packed enough clothes to last him a few days. He took his sketching books and paints and coloured pencils.

“So this is it is it’ Eva? You are leaving me.’

“I cannot go on like this Tom; I am not going to sit here and watch you destroy yourself. You may be going down but you are not taking Tim and me with you.’

Eva opened the back door; Tim carried his mother’s case outside.

“Sort yourself out Tom; don’t revel in self pity.’

She closed the door behind her as she left. Tom cried in his room until sleep over came him. When he awoke he had a blinding headache. He went to the bathroom and looked in the mirror at himself. He hadn’t shaved for a week his eyes were bloodshot with alcohol.

He was a mess; his life was a mess. Tom ran himself a bath then got in; he lay there for over an hour thinking about what he was going to do.

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