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.


22. 22

I think it’s time we were heading back said Paula as Doug paid the bill. He left the girl a tip as he held the door for Paula and they slipped out. It was now three thirty and the sun was beginning to cool.

They made their way back seeing many people on the beach starting to pack up picnic baskets and changing behind screens or heading to the chalets on the beach. The Surfers were still out though as the tide ripped in; the waves were higher now. The seagulls were flying around picking up discarded sandwiches and fish and chips that had been dropped. Further out the container ships were snaking across the sea three miles away. They would be heading out to America or South Africa with cars and other goods.’

As they neared the Priory the waves were now crashing against the piers at Tynemouth, the wind was picking up some as well. Dougie hoped that the weather would be kind to him as he didn’t fancy having his head thrust over the side of the boat again.’

They reached the car and Dougie got in he made himself comfortable before Paula got in and started the engine. She reversed the Anglia then headed towards North Shields.

“Do you want to go out tonight somewhere Paula?

“What’s on tonight?’

“Well there’s “The Loneliness of a long distant runner “and Lawrence of Arabia on at the Gourmont’ and “Play it Cool” with Billy Fury, Helen Shapiro, and Bobby Vee.’ and   “A Kind of Loving” with Alan Bates, June Ritchie and Thora Hird.

“Well I will go to what ever film you want to Doug she said squeezing his hand.’

“Alright we will go to see Billy Fury at the Albion picture house.

“I will pick you up at six thirty then said Paula as she dropped him off at his gate. He leaned over and kissed her and she thanked him for dinner before driving off.’

“Who was that I saw you with asked his neighbour as he walked into the path.’

“She’s my new girlfriend Mrs Lattimer.’

“What happened to Tracy?

“I finished with her because of her nosey mother; see you.’

Mrs Lattimer put her nose in the air as Dougie closed the door to his house.’

Dougie looked at his watch it was now four o’clock another two and a half hours to wait he thought as he popped on his television set to watch an episode of Bonanza.



When Doreen Saint returned from the bingo Eddie was packing his clean laundry.

“Any luck then love?’

“Ay it was all bad.’ Diven’t na why a bother gannin; a never win owt me.’

“Well it gets yer oot wi yor friends doesn’t it?’

”Aye suppose yer reet, bloody Evie Moholam won ten pounds though.’

The bugger never shares though. It went straight in hor purse faster than a rat doon a drainpipe.’ No bloody wonder she’s always got money. It’s different when a win though Eddie, It’s gan on then Dor’ get the drinks in.’

“Whey diven’t be so soft; next time she wins tell hor t get the drinks in.’

“Diven’t ye worry aboot that a will.’

“Right then love I’ve gotta gan by the time I get the stores aboard Des will be doon there ready to try oot the engine in case she doesn’t start up then it will take us a good few hours to get the old girl workin.’

“Here I got your tabs for yer.’

Dor’ handed him sixty senior service.’

“No change like?’

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