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 will pray for their safe return. Are you alright there on your own mother?’

“I’ve been running this pub before you were born and on my own too; don’t worry about me I’ll be fine.’

“I will see you at the weekend then mother; I must go: we have another lecture at seven this evening.’

Bye mother; I love you.’

Bye Paula work hard.’

Minnie Beck was never one for showing her true feelings but she loved her daughter even though she never told her. Sheila was singing and playing her guitar as Paula returned. Paula sat and listened to “Stir into Flame.” which was written from St Paul’s letter to Timothy 1. 6-7.

“For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of hands. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity; but a spirit of power, of love and self discipline!’

 

Sheila has a sweet voice similar to that of Joan Biaz as she sang the first verse

 

Stir into flame the gift I have given you

Be not ashamed or deny me

Come follow me and be strengthened

In all you must do for me

 

 

 

 

Chorus

 

For I have given you a wonder

For I have given you love

For I have given you power

Not timidity but life

 

Sheila carried on with the song as Paula listened.

 

Softly it falls down from heaven

Blessings restored sins forgiven

Gently the wind seems to whisper

A word from the saviour

 

Chorus

 

For I have given you etc

 

See how the flame burning brighter

Lifting our hearts and our voices

Love filters through as we listen

And heaven rejoices

 

Chorus to fade

 

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