"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.


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“Life goes on mate he said; it just means I’ve wasted nearly five years of my life that’s all.’

Tom gave him two Cornish pasties and four sausage rolls for him and Christine.’

“Do you fancy doing a spot of fishing tonight for a change mate; it’s been ages since we went down to the quay.’

It’s just about right for the cod to be migrating and we might hit lucky. There will be plenty of whiting to keep us busy anyway.’

“Aye alright then what time is high tide?’

Nine o’clock so if we get down about eight o’clock then that gives us time to set up and fish the tide up.’

Right then I will see around eight then; I must go as I have big supermarket director looking to sell my stuff which could mean a lot of cash if I can get the order.’

“You will get it I am testament to that as your chief pie taster.

Both men laughed out loud. Tom looked at his friend and he knew that he was going to be okay as he drove back to the bakery.’

Shirley was talking in the shop as she called for his mother’s bread and cakes.’

“Hello Love have you been in long?’

“No Liz and I were just having a chat weren’t we? Have you seen Mickey today?’

Aye I took him a couple of pasties down and some sausage rolls on my way back from Wallsend.’

How was he?’

Baring up well under the circumstances;’ he’s asked me to go fishing with him to night for a few hours do you mind. Actually no because I’m going to my mam’s later, she wants to see Jeffery. I will leave you something to eat; how about I put you both up some sandwiches. “You can give me a couple of pork pies and I will get some crisps.


 “You could fill that large flask with coffee that should last you for a few hours and

You could always cook yourself a bit fish if you catch some.’

“What do you mean if we catch some; cheeky bugger I haven’t blanked in twenty years so I’m not starting now.’

“What time are you coming home?’

“Mam will drop me off around half eleven if I take the little fold away push chair.’

“Alright then love, I will see you later on then.’

“Good luck with the guy from the Co-op.’

Shirley took her things and Tom came through with a box containing some cakes. “Here take these for your tea.’

I have buns and a selection of pies pasties, and sausage rolls. Don’t forget the large pork pie for me and Mickey later.’

 “It seems like your husband looks after you said a gentleman in a blue suit carrying a brown leather brief case.’

My husband bakes the best bread, pies, and cakes in North Shields just ask any of his customers. There was a queue waiting to be served and the man went along asking them what they liked best in Taylor’s bakery.’

“We love everything said a large woman patting her stomach; can’t you tell.’

Hello I’m Mr Smith, Harvey Smith from the Co-op is there somewhere we can talk privately. Come through Mr Smith but put this hat on first. We don’t want hairs in our bread and pies now do we.’

“No that would never do.’

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