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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“That is so kind of you said Paula.’

“Let me know in advance Dougie and we will come over.’

“We will, won’t we Paula.’

“Yes we will.’

For pudding they had the choice of apple pie and ice cream or cheesecake.

All the men went for apple pie but both Sally and Paula chose a small piece of cheese cake.

“I am trying to get Ron to show me around the North East Coast before we leave.’

“When are you going back asked Vince?’

“Early next week I think.’

“Tell me Sally; what did you see in this ugly bugger said Des smiling.’

“Oh you mean apart from his devilishly good looks, and charming personality.’

“Well had you seen me first he wouldn’t have had a look in.’

“Give over Des, once she’d smelled you cheesy feet you would have been sent packing.’

My feet don’t smell what you on about.’

“They do Des said Eddie laughing.’

“I have no sense of smell.’

“Bloody deaf too; when it comes to buying your round in at the bar an aal.’

“Sally began to laugh, I love your Geordie sense of humour.’

 

 

The evening came to a close and everyone thanked Ron for a fabulous evening.’

Now there’s no need to rush off. I’ve left more than enough money behind the bar so drink yourselves into oblivion if you wish.’

“Are you not staying Ron?’

“Sorry Guys early start; I’ve promised to show my wife around.’

“Well we hope to see you before you leave then said Eddie.’

“You will, I will come down to the boat.’

The lads all shook hands with Ron then kissed his wife before they left.’

Come on then let’s get pissed said Vince.’

“We’re leaving said Dougie and Paula; we have things to do tomorrow.’

Well then there’s just the three of us said Des as he went to the bar.

 

 

 

The rain came down in torrents as the funeral cars pulled up at the crematorium. Paula dressed in a black coat and hat went inside with Doug as they carried her mother’s coffin into the place where she would finally say goodbye. Minnie Becks brother Michael and sister Nelly sat at the front in silence as the reverend Ralph Mason gave a talk about her life.’ The small chapel couldn’t hold everyone who came to show their respects to a lady who had been a publican for over thirty years. They stood outside with black umbrellas as the rain came down.

Then the committal was read and the curtains closed. Both Michael and Nelly were visibly up set and were crying as they then hugged Paula before leaving the chapel and making their way back to the Dock Hotel. PC Robert Black and PC Joyce Marti were among the mourners.

Paula was glad when the day was finally over and Doug helped her clear away. Most of the food had been eaten and many pints consumed.’ Once they were done the Dock Hotel was locked up for the final time. 

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