Paul Malik the handsome Arab, inherited the laundry business from his father who came to live in England in 1948 and started life in Liverpool, He buys his first shop with six old washing machines when he moves to the Arab and Jewish community in Benwell in Newcastle. He notices how the community struggle to wash clothes by hand and sets about opening a laundrette. Des Baldwin, the racial bigot does not like Paul or any other black man or woman for that matter. He works in a garage on waterville road and does fiddle work on the side. There is a knock on his door one evening and a bony faced man in a suit asks if he will repair a friends car. the 1968 Jaguar belongs to Darren Ingles a notorious gangster from the West End of Newcastle. The car has been used in a robbery and has been damaged. Read how Des' gets involved with the mob. The story is set in 1971 and will take you to Manchester, and Tenerife and the Canary islands. This is a story of drug trafficking, Dealing and murder.


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Three more young lads came in with bags containing jeans and they all used the same machine and split the cost.

 A car pulled up and the regular football coach” Raffo” came to collect his team strips.’

Jenny had washed and ironed them and they were just waiting to be collected.

Jenny knew Raffo’ and handed him the strips.

Cheers Jenny love said Raffo’ as he paid her and gave her a tip for ironing them for him.

Thanks’ Mr Raffo.’

Raffo placed the kit into the boot of his car then got in and drove away. Jenny had done several football strips that day and they were all waiting to be collected. David Mason would be along to pick up the strips for the North Shields Boys Club team then Earnie Beasley from the East End Boys Club would come for theirs. That would leave Steve Weir from the Collingwood Youth Club to pick up their strips and that would be it for another week. Now she set to work on the pile of Rugby shirts and shorts for Percy Park Rugby club. Once they were in the wash she made the tea for Margaret Oliver.

She poured out a cold drink for Helen and brought the drinks over.

 “That will be sixty pence Margaret please.’

Margaret picked up her handbag and took out some coins that she didn’t have clue how much they were worth. She just held them out in her palm and allowed Jenny to take what she owed.

This new money is driving me nuts. Why they had to change beats the hell out of me.’

I over paid someone the other day; oh aye it was the rent man.’ Good job he was honest. I’d given him three pounds too much.’

“Eeh never in the world.’

“It’s a good Job wor Helen is good at her maths or I would be robbed blind.’

“Its easy mam said Helen; just remember that there are a hundred new pennies to a pound.’

 “Yes it may be easy for you Helen said her mother as she hitched up her bosom again but for us lot who have been used to pounds, shillings, and pence its not.’

Helen took out the washing from the first load and proceeded to put it into a drier then when the other washer had finished she added that to the drier then set it away.’

“I’m not drying mine; I’m taking them home and putting mine on the line.’

“It’s a good drying day.’

Well some bugger pinched my prop so I cannot hang mine oot until Billy makes me a new one.

I have a spare prop you know Margaret you can borrow mine until you get one.

Just keep and eye oot in case some bugger pinches that one an aal.’

Thanks’ Betty.

Don’t put anymore money in the drier Helen we will take them home and we can hang them oot on the line.’

“Well that’s going to save me a few quid.’

“That’s what neighbours are for said Betty.’


Terry Partridge pulled out all of his washing from the drier and began to fold them up.

Brenda his wife helped with the packing of them and when they were done he took them outside and placed them into the pram and then lifted it onto the truck. He came back for his wife and pushed her in her wheelchair to the truck. He opened the passenger door and lifted her in.

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