"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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“You could still do what you do now but on a bigger scale. Save up and buy a van and you could supply every pub, club, and street with your food all baked or prepared in your own shop.’

“How much would it cost to open a shop though said Tom?’

”Well I will look into it for you Tom.’

“Thank you.’

Riding home on his bike from Shirley’s he hoped and dreamed that one day he’d have his own bakery.



 By the Spring of 1960 Tom saw the outbreak of the sexual revolution. the fashions changed and flared trousers, Long dresses, mini skirts, Hippy hats, and Jesus sandals hit the streets.

Women burnt their bras and proudly walked around wearing tee shirts and blouses with nothing underneath.

In the streets a new kind of music was being played and one lad in particular was making a name for himself in North Shields. Brian Appleton or “Apples to his friends stood in the town centre playing a restrung upside down guitar because he was left handed. Apple’s was a bit of a loner really and people thought him a bit weird. He was a skinny looking kid with a bony face; he wasn’t very tall for his age with gave him his boyish looks. He excelled at drama and music in Ralph Gardner Secondary Modern School. He was heavily into rock music and would often be heard playing music by the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, and the Who.’

He was very talented on guitar and some said he could have made it as a musician.

 Each evening he would be seen outside the bars playing “Who Are You,” Little Red Rooster,’ or House of the Rising Sun by the Animals. It was a song about a place of ill repute.

Often his friends “Peanuts” and Jeff Sharp and Andy Dumple would buy him a can or two and they would sit around and listen to him play. His brother David worked on the fishing boats on North Shields Fish Quay. Brian also had two sisters. Wondering from bar to bar Apples made enough to survive.’

“Someone would always gave him something to eat and it was usually Tom who gave him a pie or a sandwich when he was doing his round. As the years went by “Apples found himself on the street because he had fallen behind with his rent. It was widely known that Apple’s was taking drugs; he was smoking Marijuana as a recreational drug. Then he started dabbling with LSD and then cocaine.’

He got himself so high on drugs he didn’t know where he was half the time. He fell out with his family who had tried to help him. Apple’s loved the group Pink Floyd

A group formed in the sixties by a group of students in London.

The group comprised of Syd Barret, on Rhythm Guitar and vocals, Richard White on keyboards and vocals Nick Mason drums, Roger Waters’s vocals and lead guitar and later David Gilmore. They were originally called Stigma 6 but later changed their name to Pink Floyd after the names of two blues musicians.

Apples became obsessed with the psychedelic sounds from the band. He could be heard belting out “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn” as people walked down Bedford Street. He would have a small tape recorder which worked on batteries and he would listen to recordings from the radio over and over. Some people taunted him and some even beat him because he was weak and couldn’t fight back. The bullying by people persisted for many years and often “Apples would be seen curled up in a heap. 

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