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 know that, I’m hoping that they are fairly new.’

“How much is he asking for her?’

“Twenty Grand.’

“What, for a sixty footer; leave this to me Dougie and I’ll get her for fifteen.

“How are you going to do that?’

“Des just smiled.’




When Paula arrived she was wearing a pair of jeans and pumps with a striped tee shirt and a heavy woollen jumper. It was frosty outside and she was wearing her leather gloves and a woollen hat. She had a pair of brown hiking boots on and still looked very pretty.

Both Des and Dougie wore the Scandinavian Jumpers favoured by all seamen and black reefer jackets and rigging boots.

“Morning said Paula with a smile that would light up a room.’

“Morning said Des.

“Dougie gave Paula a quick peck on the lips.’

“All ready then asked Paula.’

“Ready as we’ll ever be said Dougie as he slipped into the passenger side of the car.’

Des got into the back and they drove away.’

Doug told Paula what Des had said about the price and she agreed.’

“The more we can save buying this boat the more we can spend on her.’

It took them a good half an hour to reach the boat yard. There was a woman waiting for them when they got there which surprised Des.’

“Hello I’m Des Baldwin and this is the young lad who wants’ to look at the boat you have for sale.’

“It was my late husbands boat Mr Baldwin;

I’m sorry to hear that said Des, please call me Desmond as all my friends do.’

They walked to the far end of the boat yard and there she was. She looked sturdy enough thought Des as he checked her hull with Dougie.

Well the hull is sound enough may I go aboard and check the engine and winch.

Feel free Desmond.’

“Dougie nudged Des in the ribs as they walked towards the ladder and climbed aboard.

They went straight to the engine room where Des tried to start the engine she coughed and sputtered but eventually started. Hardly surprising that she did after standing on the dock for seven months. He switched off the engine then they checked the winch,

then the hold.

“You were right about the space in here. You could pull that cupboard out and there would be room for another hundred boxes.’

They checked the wheel house and Dougie said that he wanted to make it a bit bigger because it was a little cramped.

“Yes, I agree with you on that one. Well you are the DIY man so you should be able to convert her Dougie but this is going to take some work. I can tweak the engine to give you a bit more speed but all in all you have a good boat. But take no notice of what I’m about to tell Norma Robinson Dillon out there right.’

Dougie nodded.’

They climbed down and walked slowly towards the thirty eight year old woman.

“Well what do you think of her?

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