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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Ron and the rest of the lads watched from inside the glass sound room as the lads belted out the song.


Well it’s a dog eat dog

Eat cat too

Frenchy he eat frog

And I eat you



After the twelfth take the sound man Gerry Dugan was happy. They took a break where more beer, and spirits were consumed and cigarettes smoked.

Then the harmony’s and over dubbing was done. More instruments were then added Listened to then either left in or removed. From nine o’clock the band worked until six that night they grabbed a sandwich when they could but it was all go.’

When they were finished; the lads all sat around then they all jumped into a van and the track was played loudly inside with all the windows open.’

“That’s it said Brian as they headed to the Soho Grand hotel where Brian Johnson introduced them to Chris Parmeinter who was managing Roger Daltry and rock group “The Who.”

Chris already knew the background to the group and he had heard a demo that Brian had made whilst listening to them in the Chirton Club that night.’

“Listen guys I won’t beat around the bush here; I’ve heard you and I want to sign you to Fontana Records so what do you say?’

Ron looked at the rest of the band members and they said yes.’

Barry asked how much money Chris is getting out of this straight away.

“The usual ten percent of what ever you make.’

“I can get contracts drawn up this afternoon and you can get someone to look at them.’ I’m sure Brian here will recommend a good lawyer for you and if everything is to your satisfaction we can go a head and make some records.’

“What about the tour Brian?’

“The tour doesn’t start for another two weeks; I just wanted to get you all settled here before we do it. I told Chris about you and played him “Hell is an Adventure.’

And we both agreed that you had a good recording voice.’

“Cheers Brian; I won’t forget this.’

 “I’m just helping fellow Geordies out man.’

“Well we appreciate it all the same don’t we lads?’

“Aye, they all voiced.’

Chris was on the phone and the contracts were brought over later that afternoon and checked by Mr Rob Black attorney for most of the big stars.

“This looks fine guys, you stand to make a lot of money for signing with Fontana records.’

“Like how much asked Barry?’

“Well there’s the two hundred grand signing on fee which will be split four ways of course.’

“Fifty thousand pounds?’

“No dollars.’

“How much is that in pound sterling asked Barry.’

About £30.000

“And we get that just for signing that contract right?’

“Yes that’s about the size of it.’

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