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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Once outside Geordie and Nora were already tucking into their supper Tom opened his and began to eat his as they walked onto Saville Street then along onto Prudhoe Street.

“Are you not eating your supper Eva asked Nora as she devoured another chip from her packet?’

No I will eat mine when I get in; I don’t want to get grease all over my new coat.’

“Well I turn off here said Nora as they went along towards Waterville Road.’

“See you tomorrow at the pictures then Eva?

“Yes; see outside about 7: p.m. Good night.’

“Good night.’

Tom walked past the Pan Shop Club until Eva stopped.

“I live here number 36.’

“Thanks for seeing me home; I will see you tomorrow. Eva kissed him on the cheek then went into the house and up the stairs.

“He heard her mother shout “is that you Eva?

“Yes mam, it’s only me.

“Well get yourself straight to bed; it’s after twelve.’

Tom laughed and walked up the road back to Cullercoats.


It was raining when Eva woke up the rivulets of rain water ran down the window pane she threw on her dressing gown and went into the scullery where her mother was busy getting ready for church.

“Your not going out in all that rain mother are you?

“I most certainly am; I never miss church on Sunday it refreshes the mind and the soul. “ There’s tea in the pot if you want some.’ Make yourself toast or some porridge if you’re hungry.’

“Thanks but I ate a piece of haddock last night I’m not all that hungry.’

“Well I hope that you haven’t got grease on the bedding.

“No mother she protested.’

“Peggy put on a pair of galoshes over her boots then a water proof coat over her dress coat. She tied the water proof hood under her chin so that her hat underneath wouldn’t get wet then told her daughter that she was away.

She picked up a large black brolly from the stand then opened the door. She quickly opened the umbrella then stepped out into the rain. The rain water rushed down the road to the storm drains that were full to bursting point. She hoped there would be no flooding as the path was only inches above the gutter and her step another few inches higher. It would soak the stair carpet if the water got in.


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