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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“Now we could unload and come straight back out again but this weather front is on its way so we will head back right now.’

Sainty radioed Billy Bones and told him of the weather.


Just got a monster catch mate thanks; over.’ “

“Look Billy cut your loses and head back with us,’ I’m calling John Ellis an aal,over.’

We have the nets out Sainty we will follow you in after we get this next load on board,’ over.’

”Stay safe my friend, over and out.’

“Roger that.’

Sainty plotted the course back home’ every hour you could see the swell increasing.’

Can you give us another knot Dezzy?’

“Not without blowing the engine Skipper. By nine a.m. that morning the rain was lashing down and the boat was being tossed around like a bean bag as the waves crashed against the Roaring Ventures hull. This was part of the trip that Dougie didn’t like as the boat went up and down. He suffered from motion sickness and suggested a game of cards to take his mind off the rocking as they ate their well earned breakfast.

“Alright then but I’m not playin’ poker.’

“What we playing then?

“Chase the ace is good suggested Dougie.’

“Right then; two quid a game said John Moholam.’

“Two quid; that’s a bit steep isn’t.’ I was thinkin’ more like ten bob a game.’

Alright then you skinflint I don’t mind taking your money.

They played cards right through until four o’clock that afternoon when Des went to check on the engine. He took the skipper another mug of tea first and asked if he wanted a break.’ “No you’re alright Des if I sleep now I will be awake all night.

“You’ve should take your own advice you know skipper.’

“What’s that then?’

“Your judgement gets clouded when you are tired.’

Sainty yawned then said “alright I will go have a lie down for an hour but wake me if the weather gets worse.’ Can you radio Billy and John for me and ask if they left Des’

“Aye alright I will do it now.’

Des waited until the skipper had left before getting Billy on the radio.

He told Des that they had left as soon as they brought in the second haul and that they were about three quarter of an hour behind them. Des hung up the radio as the rain still persisted. It was going to be a rough night he thought as he checked the course that they were making. You’re one tough old lady he said out loud; referring to the boat as she rode each wave onto the next.

Des let the skipper sleep for three hours before waking him.

It was seven thirty when he returned looking far better than he had done previously.

Right you have control Skipper I’m going to check to see how the engine is holding out. by the way Billy is about three quarters of an hour behind us. Sainty picked up the radio receiver and radioed Billy who came on rather concerned.

“What’s up Bill, over?’

“Jimmy Marsden has gone and took off three of his fingers on the winch; what the hell am I to do?’ over.’

Right I will get the coast guard to come and pick him up what is your position Billy, over’

“We are twenty three degree’s north over.’ 

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