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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Eva walked towards the North Shields train station where there was a drunken man wandering in the street holding onto a cheap bottle of cider.

“Hey lads he slurred; you got a few bob so I can get a bottle.”

“Geordie threw him two bob as did Tom. “ Cheers lads you’ve saved my life you have.’ The man was dressed in a scruffy old suit with the lining of one of the pockets hanging out and a Co-op carrier bag with his bottle inside and some clothes. He staggered towards the archway then sat down obviously waiting to ask someone else for money.

“You shouldn’t have given him money the two of you said Eva angrily; you encouraging the man to drink.’

“Now Eva you know nothing about the man; he’s homeless by the looks of him;

He whiffs a bit as well mind; I bet he hasn’t seen a bath for a long time.’

“There’s the YMCA he could go there and bathe.

“What if they won’t let him in Eva; where does he go then Eh?

“Oh stop arguing with me Tom Lawson; you make issue out of things all the time.’

They rounded the corner past the Neville pub that was having a lock in as the singing continued and it was past closing time.

“Seems like they’re having fun in there said Nora.’

“Aye, said Geordie as he crossed the road with her.

Further down the street they spotted the “Chippy where they all went in.

“Fish and chips twice love said Geordie; put some batter on them an aal’ will you?

“No bother pet said the woman wearing a head scarf on her head; Do you want some salt and vinegar with them as well?

“Aye go on then.’

The woman took out the fish then placed them into separate wrappers then scooped a mountain of chips on top then some batter. She wrapped them expertly in newspaper then handed the parcel to Geordie.

“That’ll be two shillin’ an twelve pence love.

Geordie gave her four bob and waited for his change.’

“What’ll you have love, she asked Tom?’

“Are you havin’ the same as them.’

“No, said Eva could I have haddock please and no chips.’

“No chips asked the woman?

“That’s what I said.’

“Suit yourself said the woman.’

“I’ll have cod and chip love with some batter and salt but no vinegar thanks.’

The woman wrapped both parcels then asked for two shilling and fourpence.

 

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