“That I would pay to see Mick.’
When would I find out Tom if I have the job?’
“In a week or so I would think.’
“I can’t believe this; I’ve gone from a barrow boy to a fruit wholesaler.’
“Keep the mason’s under your hat alright.’
My lips are sealed matey.’
Just then both their rods went and they jumped out and ran to the rod stand.
“Fish on shouted Tom as he wound his multiplier reel for all it was worth.’
I think I’ve got a codling on here matey its diving for the bottom and trying to get me in a snag. Keep you rod up mate said Mickey as he too was winding his line in at a great rate of knots.
“As the line got nearer there was an obvious bend in Tom’ rod.’
The excitement grew as the two men battled with the fish.
“Careful now Tom; you don’t want to lose him.’
It was just like being kids again as they both landed the fish upon the quayside.
“I think we’d better get that chip pan going don’t you.’
Tom weighed the fish. “Mine is four pounds and twelve ounces yours is just short of four pounds.’
That’ll do I think lets go home.’
“They packed their gear away into the back of the van then walked over to some young kids who were about nine years old and gave them the bait that they had left along with some pork pie and sandwiches.
“Come on Mickey said Tom who was in conversation with the kids as he took out a plastic board and quickly filleted all the fish and discarded the skeletons over the side for the crabs to eat.
He washed the fillet in clean water and scrounged some ice to cover them until they got home.
The ice firmed up the flesh of the fish and stopped it from flaking in the pan.
The two of them got into the van and Tom started her up as they broke into song. “When the boat comes in” had never been sung sweeter as the two men drove up tanner’s bank back home.
Three weeks after ringing Harvey Smith, Tom’s permit to enter the lodge was accepted after a vote took place. Then he had to accept an apprentice degree.
He was then brought blindfolded walking literally in the light of his brothers and brought to full Masonic light after swearing an oath on his knees at the altar.
The secrets of the brotherhood were never to be revealed.
Two months later Mickey Binks underwent the same process.
Neither men spoke of it even to their own parents.
The two men no longer wore the clothes of the teddy boy era but wore smart suits and never wore jeans even for work. Their hair was neatly cut and their shoes highly polished when they went out. They frequented the lodges around Tynemouth and Whitley bay.
It was whilst at a Masonic night out that Michael Binks (He no longer called himself Mickey) met Katherine Sharp and they seemed to hit it off right away. After a year of