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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“Yes sir, you have to recoup some of that money back yes.’

“You are very kind to us we want to work for you because you treat us fairly. Four hundred pounds is a fortune to us.’

“Well I tell you all now; please put money away because there will be times when the fishing is poor and we will be lucky to make any money at all. It is then that you can call upon the money that you managed to save.’

“We understand you sir, and we would work for nothing if the fishing is bad; that is life.’

“Thank you all.’

“Well then let us drink a toast with these cups of tea to friendship and The Christian.’

 “Friendship and The Christian, they all voiced.

“Now let us eat I’m starving said Doug.’






After finishing his conversation with Chris Parmeinter; Ron Lee headed towards the CEVS (Charlie, Evie, Vance, Sally) Ranch. Sally was feeding the horses as Ron approached

“Did you speak to Chris then asked Sally as she held a bucket of oats for “Dancer her horse.’

“Yes I told the old bugger to leave me alone or I wouldn’t write anything.’

“Do you want to come for a ride with me?’

“Me on a horse; I don’t think so.’

“You can ride “Streaker she is so gentle; if you sit on his back he will take you anywhere.

“Alright then but it I fall off don’t laugh will you.’

Sally led Streaker out of the stable then took hold of Dancer she helped Ron mount the horse then got up herself. Now hold onto the reigns and gently dig your heels into her like this. Sally showed him and he copied the horse began to move and it followed Dancer up the hill with his boots in the stirrups’ Ron walked along side Sally’s horse for a mile until they were in open country. Then Sally urged Dancer into a trot where Streaker followed. Then Sally let Dancer out at a gallop and Streaker chased after.

Ron held on as the hoses galloped along. “This is great he said as the speed got ever faster. “ How big is your father’s ranch?’

“A thousand acres give or take.’

“You must feed a lot of people do you he said as Sally slowed the horses down to a walk.’

“We sell a lot to Pittsburgh; most of the farming is all done by machinery now. We use machines to plough, sow, and gather the crops these days.

“Doesn’t that take all the fun out of farming?’

“No not really; it saves a hell of a lot of time in the fields.’

And the results are far better.’

They came to a hill and they tethered the horses to the fence then sat on the grass.’

Ron looked out and all he could see for miles was green farm land.

“I’m going to have my house built near the river there next year.’

“What and live here out in the wilds of woolly?’

“Why not; it’s next to nature.’

“What if you had an emergency?’ 

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