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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seemed to sense that they were leaving and followed the boats as they made their way towards the piers.

“Can we stay the night here Doug it’s so peaceful.’

“Yes of course; shall we see if we can find a room at a guest house?’

They walked along until they cam to a shop and there were some averts in the window.

One caught Paula’s eye it was called “The Mermaid” guest house.’

Doug wrote down the number then went to a nearby phone box and rang the number.’

The lady on the other end was lovely and told them that they could have the guest suite for ten pounds which included breakfast.’

It wasn’t far either so they got into the car and drove to a chemist’s shop and bought toothpaste and two brushes. They bought a tee shirt each from the souvenir shop then headed to the guest house.

“Mrs Winnie Shotton welcomed them; she told them that she ran the guest house herself as her husband had died. There was only them staying there that day she said and if they would like tea she would make something for them free of charge.

“Is the cinema still nearby Paula asked?’

“Yes it is beside the museum as you come into the harbour.’ It’s called the Pavilion; I used to go each week with Melvin before he passed away.

“Yes I remember it; do you know what is on there tonight?’

No, but I can find out for you; it should be in the local paper.’

She went to the news paper rack and pulled out a paper and looked through it.’ Then handed the paper to Dougie who said that Clint Eastwood was on with Richard Burton in “Where eagles dare”   

Is there a supporting picture on?’

“Yes, “The Vengeance of She it’s about the immortal king of Kuma (John Richardson) who believes that a beauty in the south of France is Ayesha queen of his lost city. (Olinka Berova) I remember seeing the first film with Ursula Andres.’ Peter Cushing and Bernard Cribbin’s

Okay then we will go there tonight what time does it start.’

Seven o’clock so we have a couple of hours.

“Winnie made them an omelette with bacon mushroom and cheese before they set out.’

They took their seats in the small picture house which was nearly full as the Pathe news reel was ending and the first feature was beginning. All through the films Paula held his hand; she refused ice cream but had a drink of orange when a girl came around holding a tray with refreshments on them during the interval.

It was dark when they came out and the smell of fish and chips hit his nostrils.

“You’re not hungry again are you; I’m still full up?’

 “It must be the sea air, come on; he took her hand until they came to the Harbour fish and chip shop where he bought fish and chips for himself and Mrs Shotton.

“When they got back Mrs Shotton thanked Dougie for his kindness and they sat in the lounge eating their supper whilst Paula went upstairs to turn down the bedding and take a shower.’

When Doug came up Paula was in bed waiting for him; he showered quickly cleaned his teeth then walked into the bedroom with a towel around himself.

Paula got out of bed; she was naked and walked towards him.

“I have decided that tonight is the night when we should come together and make love Doug.’

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