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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You could come with me to look for a boat tomorrow if you like as I’ve seen one for sale moored at the Wansbeck harbour in Ashington.

“I can pick you up at eleven tomorrow.’

“Okay I will buy you lunch then.’

“That’s a deal.’

“There are condition’s though Paula.’

“Conditions,’ what do you mean?’

“Well if I buy this boat then you must promise to enrol for university.’


“It would mean that we would hardly see each other though said Paula.’

“It will give you something to do whilst I work on my new boat.’

“Alright then I promise, if you buy the boat then I will enrol. Doug kissed her then she said that she had to leave.

“I will pick you up tomorrow morning.’

I’ll be ready and waiting.’

“Goodnight Paula.’

“Goodnight, she turned away then walked to her car and got in. She waved to him as she drove away.’

Doug closed the door then went inside; tomorrow he might be the owner of his own boat. He went to his bedroom and undressed in the light from his bedside lamp then got into bed. He lay there thinking how he would get a crew to help him. He was only twenty four very young to be skipper of his own boat. But Eddie had taught him so much he knew how to navigate and how to plot a course. He also knew the fishing grounds as well. Once he had the boat he could then ask around. There would be a lot of work to be done on the boat before she would be sea worthy.


Dougie woke at six thirty he washed and dressed quickly then made himself a pot of tea before rolling himself a cigarette. He thought that he would have to pack in the fags if he was to be able to afford to own his own boat. He picked up the phone and rang his friend Des Baldwin.

“Hi Des, can you spare and hour this morning I’m going to look at a boat and I want you to check the engine over for me.’

“Nae bother Dougie, I’ll be over in an hour put the kettle on.’

“Sure enough mate.’

“When Des walked in Dougie was having a shave; it was just after ten and Dougie told him the tea was in the pot and just to help himself.’

Dougie rinsed his face as he stood in the scullery with a white vest on drying his chin.’

“I take it Paula is coming then said Des with a grin.’

“Yes, she’s driving us to the Wansbeck where the boat is.’

“Is she out of the water so we can have a good look at her hull?’

“Yes, she’s a sixty footer but big enough to be converted.

“How big is her hold?

 “I reckon with a bit of adapting I can get up to four hundred boxes in her.

“I will check the winch as well to make sure that’s working properly as well.

“Is he letting any gear go with the boat?’

“Aye there are two nets, there’s about two hundred plastic boxes and about forty wooden ones. I can scrounge some wood to make new ones if need be.’

Good we can check the nets to see if they are any good cos’ they can cost you up to two and a half grand to replace. 

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