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 finished off his drink whilst the girls went to the toilet, How you getting on then Geordie?

“Aye I think I’m in mate, What about you?

“Aye I’m taking her home like.’

Where did Bob Hall and Mick Douglas go?

“Oh they left with two lasses about half an hour ago.’

“Dirty lucky buggers.’

“Aye they are; we are getting nowt tonight mate but give them time.’

“Everything comes to those who wait.’

Tom got up and straightened his suit then waited until the girls returned before waking them out. They headed towards the Haymarket up Northumberland Street.’

“Eva made no attempt to link into Tom as they continued walking up the street past Fenwick’s and other shops. They reached the bus stop at eleven thirty five and stood in the queue.’

Geordie took out his Golden Virginia backy tin then a packet of Rizzler cigarette papers and began to roll himself a cigarette.

“Do you not smoke then Tom asked Eva?’

“No; I used to hear my father coughing his lungs up in the toilet every morning. That was enough to put me off.’

“Do you smoke Eva, he hoped that she wouldn’t say yes because he couldn’t stand anyone who smelled like an empty ash tray.’

“No Tom, I tried it once and didn’t like it.’

Tom let out a sigh of relief as the bus pulled in and everyone climbed on board. Tom headed upstairs to the back of the bus then waited until Eva took her seat then slid in beside her. Her thigh touched his for an instant and then she moved along.

“Is there a fish and chippy when we get off then girls asked Geordie Shotton?

“Aye there’s one near the square isn’t there Eva?

“Yes; it’s called Hadaway’s.’

Both men laughed then Geordie said you’re jokin’ right?

“No it’s true.

“Aye like Hadaway and get lost replied Geordie sarcastically.

“It’s owned by Tom Hadaway said Eva; it’s been there for years.’

There bus pulled to a stop outside of Jesmond cemetery; a number of students got off with their university scarves wrapped around their necks.

“Swatty bastards said Geordie as he watched them cross the road to the terraced houses that catered for students every year.

 

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