Tom heard the sound of boots coming down the passage as Mickey reached the door and opened it to see his friend.’
“Smart lad said as Mickey stood in his Drain piped Jeans, boots, like Toms and a silver and black striped shirt. Mickey had a square jaw line and had jet black hair and a Teddy boy quiff at the front and a trade marked DA (Ducks Arse) at the back.
They walked along Shields as if they owned it and all the young girls gave them a whistle as they walked past.
Mickey turned to Tom and said I bet we pull tonight.’
“I know I will but I don’t know about you; you ugly sod.’
“Who you calling ugly like?’ said Mickey as he ruffled Tom’s hair then ran over the road. Tom took the comb from his back pocket and combed his hair back into place before crossing over.’
“Wait up ugly.’
“If your arse was stuck on your head it still won’t make you any better said Mickey.
“At least I know who my Da is.’
“What! Whose turn was it to be paid that week; the coalman or the binman?’
“Here if your father had had a bit more wood you might have been a real boy.’
They reached the Spring Gardens pub and walked along towards Chirton then up towards Billy Mill.
“Do you know where this place is?’
“It’s over the road from the “Slums School.”
“It’s a bit small for a dance hall isn’t it?’
“Just means we get closer to the birds you dope;’ said Tom raising his eyebrows.’
“Aye you’re right.
“Mickey began to imitate Jerry Lee Lewis.’ Singing a “Whole lotta snogging going on”
“Don’t you mean Shaking going on?’
“Na’ only in the bog mate, when I’ve got me trouser snake in my hand.’
“Hey,’ don’t knock it Mickey you could be holding it later on when you have a wank.’
“What you on about; at least I can get my hand around mine midge dick.’
They reached the church and paid two bob to get in and walked inside.
They saw many faces of people they knew as girls danced in their dresses and bobby socks. When anyone spun them around everyone got an eyeful of knickers.
They walked over to a table and bought a bottle of pop and then stood and looked around. There was fifty or so people in the room Tom got his eye on two girls and went straight over.
“Hi do you want to dance; later maybe said the two girls who took out a compact and reapplied lipstick.’
Suit yourselves said Tom as he walked away.’
“Crash and burn, crash and burn said Mickey.’
Alright smart arse see if you can get someone who will dance with us then.’
Two girls were dancing with each other and Mickey walked up to them in his coolest strut then said “hi my names Mickey what’s yours?’
“Who wants’ to know like?’
“My mate over there.’
“The girls looked and said tell him to come over so we can get a better look at him.’
Mickey beckoned his mate over and Tom walked over slowly the way he’d seen James Dean walk.