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.

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“Listen mate; you know all the things we say about you on the boat is just banter don’t you.’

“I don’t take any notice of you bunch of nutters.’

“Well I hope that you take heed now because you are good man; you shouldn’t be working on a fishing boat; you should be performing.’

“Your songs are good and I hope that one day that you won’t turn up for work.’

“Trying to get rid of me Dougie.’

“Listen,’ this is your time, your destiny awaits you man so don’t blow your chance; Embrace it.’

“It’s a big risk going full time you know Dougie.’

“I think you have enough talent to go all the way mate honestly.’

“Listen to this guy lads; he’s becoming a regular philosopher. That girl in there is something special; she’s turning you into a good man my friend.’

“Thanks’ and I will give it some thought alright.’

“Good, now get yourself in there and knock them dead.’

“Thanks’ Dougie.’

“Dougie winked then walked to the main entrance.’

Doug paid Paula in then they went up stairs to the concert room

that was filling up with people. Clubland is not dead is it said Dougie as he eased his way past the rows of tables to the reserved seats at the front.’ When Paula had sat down Dougie made his way to the bar and bought drinks.

It wasn’t long before Des and Vince joined him.’

“Where’s John asked Des?’

“Is he coming?’

“Aye he said he was.’

They pulled two tables together to make one large table and Des threw two or three Newcastle brown ale beer mats down and set his bottles on them.

“Domino card lads asked a committee man as he stood looking at Paula.

Dougie picked up the card and asked Paula what number she would like.

“Number thirteen please Doug.’

“Why thirteen?

 “There were twelve disciples.’

So why don’t we put number twelve down; thirteen is meant to be an unlucky number.’

“Do you know why thirteen is meant to be unlucky?

“No,’ why asked Vince curiously?’

“Well there were thirteen of them at the last supper and it was after that Jesus was arrested and later crucified.’

“Oh yes, now I remember said Des.’

Dougie placed the number thirteen down then handed the card to the lads. They squabbled over the last three numbers.’

Save one for me said John Moholam as he walked to the table.’

“Where’s Eddie asked Des.’

“He’s running a bit late apparently he just bought his wife a new twin tub washing machine and he was plumbing it in for her.

“What’s wrong wi a poss stick and a mangle laughed Des.’

Don’t tell me your mother is still using an old poss tub to wash your clothes Des.’

Asked Vince.’

“Whey I haven’t got round to buying her a new one yet.’

“Bloody cheap skate said john, tight as a fish’s bot.’

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