The Ridgalite

The Rigalite focuses on the People who lived in Marina Avenue in the Ridges Estate in North Shields. Eddie Saint owns the Roaring venture a trawler moored at the fish quay- his crew work hard and play hard - one of them is Ron Lee a young lad who has aspirations of becoming a rock star. He was in the Royal Navy on board the HMS Illustrious as a trained chef before joining the trawler boat. The lads all tell him that his songs are crap because they don't wan't to lose a good cook. The story also tells of two rival shop keepers- Ronnie Hancock and Billy Burston have been each others throats for years- read the comic antics of both men. "The Ridgalite is an insite of life in the early sixties on an an estate with high unemployment and little hope - where every day is a constant struggle. There are some though who prove that if you have hope then dreams can come true.


11. 11

When Dougie Cook got in Tracy was in the scullery with her mother.’

“I thought you would have been in earlier said Tracy as Dougie hung up his coat and hat.’

“Why was that?’

“Well mam and I saw the boat come in hours ago.’

“Did you now, did you stand and watch as we off loaded the catch an aal then.’

“No but it doesn’t take aal neet t unload does it mother.’

“No it does not.’

“So where have you been then until yon time.’

“We went to a few pubs around the town.’

“We thought so cos’ we rang the Ballarat and they didn’t know where you were.’

“Why was your mother ill again; well yes if you happen to give a toss?’

“Really; well there’s nowt wrong wi hor tongue is there.’

“What are you sayin’ Douglas Cook?’

“I’m sayin’ you are an interfering old crow and I’m sick of you pushing your beak in where it’s not wanted.’

“Don’t you speak to my mother like that.’

“This is my hoose Tracy Mason so if yer diven’t like it yer na where the door is.’

“Come along mother I’m not standing here to be insulted.’

“Shut the door on yer way oot.’

“You will apologise to my mother Douglas or I’m not coming back.’

“Bye then; see you.’

“Tracy and her mother put on their coats and were about to leave when Dougie called Tracy back.’

“See said her mother told you he’d want you back.’

“Tracy walked back to the front door and stood with her hands on her hips.

“Well, what do you say; are you going to apologise.’

“No I’m saving you a job of coming back for your things; here I’ve put them all in a black bag for you.’

“But Dougie we were going to get married.’

“No the wedding’ is off; I’m not marrying your mother an aal. Dougie threw the bag down the steps then closed the door.

Tracy walked back to her mother with her things crying.’

“He was no good for you anyway Tracy.’

“Who is going to have me now mother I mean I’ve only ever had one man in my life and now I’ve got nobody.’

“Whey there’s plenty of blokes who would have yer.’

“Aye some dole Waller or good for nowt.’

“Gan on then gan back t him but divent come cryin’ t me when he comes in stinkin’ of drink and starts slobbering aal over yer.’

“At least he keeps a clean hoose and works mother which is more than what can be said for some around here.’

 They crossed the road to Laburnum Avenue and walked along the street.’

“Kicked you oot has he said Mrs Blacklock as they entered the path.’

“Shut yor gob you nosey old cow said Tracy as she went into the house and slammed the door after herself.

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