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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“Could we order some food please?’

“Yes I bet you guys are hungry right now. “ What would you like; we do a good breakfast here.’

Okay we will have four breakfasts please.’

“Steak and eggs, ham and hash browns;

“Do you have sausages, tomato, mushrooms, and toast?

“My you guys must really be hungry; and Miss could we have a large pot of tea as well.’

“No problem sir.’

“There you go full English coming up.

Thirty minutes later this banquet arrived and they hadn’t seen nothing like it.

 There was enough food to last a week not just a breakfast. They all tucked in and ate more than they should have.’ Barry ate two steaks that were delicious. The steaks were so tender they melted in your mouth and there wasn’t a piece of gristle in sight. The sausages were so thick that two of them weighed about a pound. The ham was about quarter of an inch thick and was six inches around. There were eggs fried, boiled, scrambled and poached, they all came with salad, hash browns, beans toast, grits, sweet corn, pancakes, maple syrup, Jam, and peanut butter. The lads were well and truly stuffed and they went to their rooms and lay down on the bed for an hour.

The phone rang an hour after that; it was Brian asking if everything was alright for them. “Listen you will be getting the company of some young ladies tonight so just enjoy yourselves. I will see you tomorrow.’

As promised that evening turned out to be an eventful one with six young girls of different nationalities all willing to do whatever the lads from Newcastle wanted.

They all woke up from their drunken orgy the next morning and then took a shower that was in each of their rooms.

They changed into some clean tee shirts but kept their jeans on that they had all worn the day before. Again they ate a good breakfast before Denzel picked them all up and took them over to the Riverside music studio where Brian was waiting for them.

“Hey guys nice to see you; come in and meet the rest of the band.

Brian introduced them all to Angus Young Lead Guitar, Stevie Young rhythm Guitar, Larry Van Kriedt Bass, and Colin Burgess on drums.’

The lads were all drinking beer and smoking pot as Brian showed them around the studio.

“Have you guys done any recording before?’

“No man, we haven’t.’

“Don’t worry we will walk you through it; just don’t expect to get a song done in one take because in the music business it doesn’t work like that. There is a lot that you have to learn about recording but I brought you in so that you can watch us cut a single then it will give you an idea of what is required.’

“Thanks said Ron as they plonked themselves down on some comfortable swivel chairs then looked out as the lads from AC/DC got lazily to their feet and picked up their Instruments and began to tune up. The microphones were all set up and the lads all wore headphones. “What are they wearing those for?’

“So if anyone hits a bum note or misses a beat then it can be picked up. Also the sound man will tell them and it saves your voice. It sometimes can take all day to cut one or two tracks. Time is money here so it is important to get it right first time.

Brian took a huge sip from a glass of Jack Daniels then went out.’

“They made ready then the sound man counted them in as they went for a take to “Dog eat Dog.’

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