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.


24. 24

The flames keep burning higher

As the guitar plays so loud

My fingers ache and bleeding

Hell resonates the sound


Keep playing said the devil

As I cry out in my pain

 My six string lies all broken

And won’t be played again


Hell was an adventure

But only for a mo’

The devil was at the crossroads

And now he’s got my soul



“That’s better said Ron as Paul Caffery played a blues harmonica.

The played back the recording and they all looked at each other. I think we got ourselves a great tune there said Barry.’

“Do you think we should record it then?’

“Think, man I we should do something with it.’

“I will take the songs that we’ve done and speak with a pal of mine he produces records for “The Who.’

“We have nothing’ to lose said Ron.’

“Anyway I have to leave fellas’i’m due on board ship. Ron placed his guitar back into his case then took it inside the house.

“We could have a gig this Friday at Chirton Club if you’re back Ron.’

“I cannot promise lads.’

“Saturday then maybe?’

Yes Saturday definitely.’

“I’ll give you a buzz Ron.’

The lads all packed their gear into Barry’s van then jumped in.

“Do you want a lift down to the quay?’

Aye if you don’t mind.’

“Nae bother man.’

Ron Jumped in with his bag of clean clothes and the van sped away down the street.


Two please said Dougie as he took the tickets then went inside the usherette led them to the back of the hall knowing that’s where courting couples usually went.’

“Play it cool’ was as story about a young heiress who tries to find a young pop star who she plans to elope with after her father (Dennis Price) forbids her to see him. Billy Universe played by (Billy Fury) and a host of other stars like Bobby Vee and Helen Shapiro are joined on stage by Lionel Blair and Bernie Winters. The film featured the song “Once upon a dream by Billy Fury. During the intermission Dougie bought ice cream and Kiora orange.

“Are you trying to get me fat said Paula, I’m still full after that dinner you bought.’

“It’s only a small tub of ice cream Paula.’

“Thank you but you shouldn’t keep spending your money on me.’

“Why; don’t tell me that God has spoken and I am not the one.’

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