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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The president of the Arts Guild made a speech thanking all the participants who had entered. He told them this award was very special and was only awarded to artists with extraordinary talent.

“I am especially pleased to announce that the recipient of this year’s award not only goes to an eleven year old boy; the youngest ever to receive this honour; but a boy who has learned triumph over adversity. Timothy Lawson has gone through his short life partially deaf. He wears a hearing aid and with out it he wouldn’t be able to hear much at all. Even so this has not stopped him from achieving.

His work is outstanding for that of a young boy. His attention to detail is phenomenal and I don’t use that word very often. This lad has a very bright future ahead of him and the academy recognises this and has offered Timothy Lawson a five year scholarship to the Royal Collage of Art. “I give you the 1971 Arts Guild winner Timothy Lawson.

The crowd all stood up to applaud as Tim went up on the stage to receive his award.’

“May I say a few words sir said Tim.’

“Yes of course; go ahead son.’.

Tim stood and looked all around the room before he spoke.

Ladies and Gentlemen: of The Arts Guild I would like to thank you all for this award.

I am deeply honoured to receive such an award like this. I would just like to say.’

“Firstly this award is for my gran who sadly passed away recently; I would also like to thank my mother and father because without their love and support I wouldn’t be standing in front of you all now.’ My father has been an inspiration to me and has helped to guide me. And to my beautiful, patient mother who never gave up on me; she spent many; many hours teaching me to speak and learn how to read.

Lastly, I dedicate this award to every disabled child in Britain; never give up hope of achieving your dream because one day it might just happen.

There was another round of applause which grew louder and louder as Timothy stepped down from the podium.

His father was in tears at the back of the room and his mother in front. She hugged her son as the photographers took their photos.

Tom was being interviewed for over an hour then Eva excused him and turned to take Tim home. She saw Tom standing at the back of the hall in his new suit. He looked more handsome than she’d ever known and ran to him and threw her arm around him.

They kissed for what seemed like an eternity and Tim ran to his father and hugged him too.

“Come on let’s go home.’

The three of them left the room holding hands together.



The End

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