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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Tom shaved then sprayed himself with deodorant. He now felt a little better.

 He changed his clothes then set about clearing away the broken pot. He looked in the oven and there was his dinner that Eva had made for him whilst he was sitting in the boozer.’

Removing the plate he ate his first proper meal since the death of his mother.

When he’d finished he washed the dishes and pans and set them into the drainer.

He then walked into his son’s room and sat on the edge of the bed, he looked on the walls at all of his sketches. He looked at the sketch of Sammy the Seagull’ it seemed to stare at him where ever he was in the room.

He got back up then placed all of his washing into the machine added some Daz washing powder then set it running.’

When it was done he rung it out then hung it on a makeshift line in the house. Tom then went to bed. He lay awake until two o’clock then drifted off to sleep.


When Tom awoke he looked outside; the dawn was just breaking he turned on the shipping forecast and got a weather report. Making a flask of coffee for himself and a cheese sandwich he decided to go fishing. He hadn’t been to sea this year yet so he drove to North Shields Fish Quay and picked up some crab bait and some herring for his long lines. After placing the bait in the boot he drove down to his boat loaded it up then pushed it down to the shore. Tom let the boat go into the water then pushed back the metal cart.

 He jumped aboard then sailed to where his pots were. He baited each one before setting the string. The he sailed for another four miles he had baited up all the hooks on the long line then cast them out. He sat and waited he turned on the radio then poured himself a cup of coffee and opened the sandwich. He had taken about two bites of the sandwich when out of nowhere came a seagull and sat on the wooden slat looking at him.

Hi Sammy,’ he said “have you come to tell me how much of an idiot I’ve been.’

“I know; I’ve lost them Sammy, Elsa and Tim; they left me.

Tom threw some bread towards the bird and it happily ate it.

“How do I get them back Sammy?’

The bird said nothing it just stared out at Tom it never budged for over four hours and only shifted when Tom began to haul in his net. It flew onto his shoulder as Tom removed each fish and placed them into the basket. Then when he was done it squealed. He gutted the fish and Sammy ate his fill then took off. He circled the boat a few times then left.

Tom smiled then headed back to shore; the seagull had sent him a message he thought from his mother maybe that she was alright and was watching over him.


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