AN INVASION OF PRIVACY

"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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By three o’clock that afternoon the lads had had five pints each and were singing along to some old Irish tunes being played by a man on an accordion and a man with a fiddle.

The girls wondered back carrying some bags and they sat down with Tom and Mickey.’

“Shirley this is Davey he owns this here pub.’

Pleased I’m sure; what can I get you ladies to drink?’

“I think we will just have a soft drink for now’

“How about a nice Irish coffee?’

“That sounds good; go on then we will have two of them.’

“Do you mind if we eat a sandwich in here; I made them this morning and we are starvin’ now.’

“Knock yourselves out ladies said Davey.’

The girls opened the Tupperware box and the lads took a sandwich each.

Davey brought the coffee’ over and two more pint’s of Guinness and the lads raised their glasses and shouted Slainte.’

“I think you had better make that your lot for this afternoon or you won’t be out tonight.’

“What said Mickey this is only our sixth pint today.’

“Yes and it’s the last you are havin’ said Alison or you can go out yourselves tonight and me and Shirley will go out alone.’

“Come on Ally you know I can drink more than that.’

“Aye we know it but not this afternoon; I thought that we would go down to the beach for an hour or two.’

The bus leaves from where it dropped us off at six o’clock so we have a bit of time yet. Besides I want to show you my new skimpy bikini that I’ve just bought.’

“Did you get one Shirley?’

“Yes, I bought one; I will try it one for you if you are a good boy.’

“Whoa, said Tom with excitement.’

The girls ate their sandwich and drank the coffee then they picked up the bags and set off down the street.’

“See you later Davey; and thanks’

The two lads hurried on to catch the girls up then turned left down a street that had a sign that was clearly marked “Beach” in English. Walking down there was some residential houses with lemon trees in the garden and these beautiful red and purple coloured flowers growing on the hedges.

There were two dogs barking as they past and Tom stopped and began to stroke one through the iron gates.’

“Watch out Tom said Mickey they might bite you.’

“Give over, they are as soft as shite; look at them.’

The two mongrel dogs wagged their tails as Tom stroked them.’

 “I’m going to have myself a dog when I get married.’

“Me an aal said Mickey.’

When are we getting married then Mickey?’

“When I get enough money saved up.’

“It doesn’t cost you that much to get wed you know; I don’t want a church wedding.’

I’m not getting wed until I’m twenty two; I told you Alison.’

“I know you did but why do we have to wait when we could be living together now as man and wife.’

“I don’t want to talk about it Ally so give it a bloody rest.’

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