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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“Hey lads, is it pick on Desmond neet the neet?’

“The rest sat and winked at Des.’

The comedian Pat Powdrill came on wearing a tight fitting Spanish dancing outfit and a Mexican sombrero, he was carrying a pair of maracas.

The band behind him struck up a tune and Pat began shake his maracas then broke into song.


“The Gay Senorita”


I flew out to Spain

In the sunny terrain

In search of a nice senorita

I went oot on the toon

After drinkin’ some broon

It was there that I met Juanita


She said do you dance

So I took a chance

And I showed her my best passadoble

She said you move vey well

For a man full of ale

But your legs are doing a meringue



oh me oh my oh 

Me and my soggy sombrero

I said you’re a twat

You’ve pissed in my hat

And she said I don’t give a fookero’


I went to her flat

In my sombrero hat

Where I stripped and lay on her bedo’

She took off her bra put her teeth in a jar

Whilst I played around in her meadow


 But it was no joke

To find she was a bloke

And I ran down the street for my lifo’

He shouted Olay’

As I made my way

Back to my gay cabinero’


Everyone joined in the chorus


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