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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“I would marry the girl said Eddie, a girl who doesn’t smoke, only drinks lemonade and doesn’t gamble is worth her weight in gold.’



When the bingo was won by a woman two tables along from them Evie rubbed her hands together. She wrote the word MOTHER in big letters on the page as the caller began the second ticket in the book of three. As the numbers rolled out Evie and Dor’ were no where near. The last page was played and again they had no luck but when the domino cards were read out Dougie had won twenty pounds on two cards after placing the number thirteen on both.

“Who says number thirteen is unlucky said Dougie as the committee man came and paid him.’ The compare introduced Satan’s Claw and the bounded on stage wearing devils horns and red suits with a tail at the back. Their eyes and faces were painted to make them look more gruesome. There was a devils claw painted on the drums with blood dripping from it. In the background the lights showed a fire behind them on the screen. It wasn’t just music it was a complete show as the rhythm guitarist Barry Smith sat up in a wooden coffin then jumped out and began to play.

They opened with their first number “Between heaven and hell” and the crowd went wild some had seen the group before and they were familiar with the songs and they sang along as Ron Lee began to sing the chorus.’

Paula looked on in amazement and she told Doug that she had seen nothing like it. “They are just brilliant aren’t they?

“I think we’ve lost our cook put it that way.’

There was a man standing up at the bar in a flash suit and had the look of a rock musician. He was drinking Jack Daniels and coke he was recording the songs as they were singing on a tape recorder. His hair was long and dyed black

No one even recognised him but Dougie did as he looked across.

Jesus, Sorry Paula, look who’s over there.’

“Who is it?’

“Don’t you know; its Brian Johnson from the new band called AC/DC they are a heavy metal group who have made it big in America.’

“This is it I’m telling you; Ron Lee is going to be part of his band after tonight.’

“Either that or he will promote Satan’s Claw.

When the number was over Dougie got Ron’s attention and told him to look over at the bar.

Ron recognised Brian straight away as he went into “Just Let it Bleed.’ He waved him up on stage and was surprised when he came to join him and he even knew all the words as Paul Caffery handed him another microphone and the two men sang and played guitar together. The crowd recognised Brian and gave him a great cheer. They were great together thought Doug and he knew right then that his friend was destined for greater things. The chorus had the audience joining in.


 Let it bleed

Let your blood run cold

Just let it bleed

Until death unfolds


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