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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“Certainly sir, I will bring it right over.’

“Champagne said Des; your pushing the boat out aren’t you.’

Paula a Dougie laughed out loud.’

Tomorrow I will see if I can scrounge some wood down at the fish quay and make some new fish boxes out of them. “Look said Des I have a trailer at home in my yard you can borrow it until the job is done.

Cheers matey said Dougie as the champagne was brought to the table



After their meal they sat back with a satisfied smile on their faces; it had been an eventful day and certainly one that they would never forget.

Paula drove Des home to Peartree Garden’s and collected the trailer before thanking Des again.

“Why don’t you come to church with me tomorrow then I can take you down to the quay to pick up the wood that you need.’

“Alright then I will see you there at eleven.’ Paula kissed him and he held her in his arms then he looked into her eyes. “I couldn’t have done this without your help, you know that.’

“You just needed a push in the right direction; it was Gods will.’

“Yes,’ I have a lot to thank him for don’t I.’

“Well he answered my prayers for me said Paula.’

“You prayed for me?’

“Yes, I pray every night.’

“Thank you it obviously worked; I still cannot believe it; I’m a boat owner, a skipper of my very own boat.’ I’m going to wake up and think I was only dreaming.’

“You’re not dreaming Doug this is real and you will make a success of it I’m sure.’

“Now you must keep your part of the bargain and enrol for university.’

“I will, I will get a prospectus and syllabus on Monday.

Paula sat by the fire on the sofa with Doug in each others arms. They were both too tired to go anywhere so they chatted away until midnight.’

I should go said Paula.’

“Why don’t you stay said Dougie?’

“I cannot; not yet anyway. I’m sorry Doug but God will tell me when the time is right for us. Please be patient with me.’

“It’s okay really, it was only a suggestion, and you could have slept in the spare room if you’d wished.’

Thanks for being so understanding; it will make our coming together more special I promise you.’

Paula made for the door and Dougie saw her out.’

“Until tomorrow then.’


“Goodnight; said Paula then they both turned as Paula went to her car. She sat thinking as she pulled away whether she should have stayed. When she got home and went to her room she undressed putting on a pair of pyjamas and knelt by the bed. she prayed for Doug to give him the strength to carry out Gods will. Then she prayed for her mother and then finally she asked when the time would be right. Her body was urging her to do things that she had never done with any other man. She felt an ache that she had never had before. Her feelings towards Doug were so strong and it was at that moment when she realised that she was in love.’

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