"An invasion of Privacy" tells the story of two boys Tom Taylor and Mickey Binks growing up in the middle 1950's. Mickey is the Elvis fan Tom is into James Dean. Tom is not interested in school and plays the wag most days. Mickey and Tom are inseparable and live in the same street. they leave school and Mickey takes on various labouring jobs, Works down on the quay; then as a coalman before getting a job on the Grainger market in Newcastle selling fruit and vegetables. Tom loves cooking and has helped his gran make bread, tarts and scones. he gets a job as an apprentice Baker and confectioner for Archer's bakery. read about their exploits as the two boys grow into men. If you remember what it was like growing up in the fifties then this is definitely one for you to read.


11. 11

“So you’re the Mr Shy guy then are you said the first girl.’

“I’m no shy guy said Tom but I think your friend is.’

The girl turned and looked up at Tom she was around five nine in her dancing shoes.’

“What’s your name asked the brash young girl?’

“Tom and this here is my mate Mickey.’

“Aye we’ve already been introduced to Mr Swanky pants. Actually Shirley thought that he’d shit himself when he walked over.’

“Nowt wrong with the way I walk said Mickey.’

What’s your names then asked Tom looking at the tall girl with the pony tail in her hair.’

I’m Alison Pringle and this is Shirley Jameson.’

Are you dancin’ then or are you going to stand here all night posing all night.’

Mickey took hold of Alison’s hand and led her to the floor and Tom walked over with Shirley. “Lucille sung by Little Richard was being played and the two lads went into action. Both were very good dancers and it made an impression because they stayed on the dance floor for quite a while.

“Walking to the back of the hall the girls sat down.

Tom grabbed a seat and straddled it the other way around using the back rest to lean forward on.

“So Shirley am I walking you home tonight?’

“Pretty sure of yourself aren’t you?’

No good hangin’ around and wasting time is there, so what about it am I walking you home or what.’

Yes you can walk me home, but I only live over the road she laughed.’

“Do you want to go outside for a tab?’

“Do you smoke Alison asked?’

“Whey I’ve been smoking since I was only ten year old.’ I used to pinch a couple of me Da’s tabs and he would blame me mother.’

Mickey walked Alison to the door and told the man on the door that he was going outside for some fresh air and would be back.

Alison walked around to the back of the church hall where Mickey took out a packet of Woodbine’s and offered Alison one.

He popped one in his mouth then using a stainless steel petrol lighter from his pocket held it so that she could light her cigarette.

“It’s a good job my father can’t see me or I’d get a right hiding said Alison.’

“My Da’ knows that I smoke now; he’s okay about it.’

Alison took a draw from her cigarette then inhaled it slowly then blew it out.

“I only smoke a couple of tabs a week; mainly when I go to the dances and that.’

“Would you like to come out wi me and Tom at the weekend then?’

“Where to?’

“We can get in Uncle Tom’s Cabin in Shields.’

“What a pub?’

“Aye it’s easy to get served in there.’

“I will have to ask Shirley first.’

“It’s a good night in there a lot of lads and lasses get in, they play some canny music on the jukebox.’

“We would have to be back home by twelve though as my dad would go mad.’

“We will get you home don’t worry.’

“I usually babysit for a friend of my mothers on Saturday night with Shirley you and Tom could come around after they’ve gone out.’

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