“If you could get a large enough barrow you could flog your fruit and vegetables on the corner where Woolies is.’
Aye,’ that’s a great smeck Tom, I could get them all coming from both ways an aal.’
How much would it cost me to set up though?’
“It wouldn’t be that much; look come over to my house and I’ll ask my dad if he will help you.’
“Do you think he will Tom.’
“He knows you as well as me stupid; of course he will help you; come on.’
“Mickey put on his coat and followed sheepishly across the road to Tom’s parent’s house.
He let himself in then pushed Mickey forward into the passage.’
“Are you back already Tom shouted his mother.’
“Yes mam I’ve got Mickey here mam.’
“What’s up, has something happened?’
“No mam we need to talk to dad though.’
“Go into the scullery and sit down there’s still tea in the pot just top it up wi the kettle.’
George your wanted in the scullery Young Mickey Binks wants a word wi yee.’
George put down the evening chronicle and took off his reading glasses.
He walked into the scullery and said hello.
“What can I do for you lad asked Toms’ father as Tom poured out three mugs of tea.’
“Well Mr Taylor, I was wantin’ some advice.’
“Really, well spit it out lad.’
“Tom here say’s it’s daft going all the way to Newcastle to sell fruit and veg when I could sell it right here in Shields. There is only Atkinson’s up the road selling fruit and veg and I’m sure I can beat them on price buy buying from the wholesaler I know.’
“It’s a good idea Michael so what do you need my help for?’ I’m sure you could get this going yourself without my help.’
“Well it’s not as easy as that you see Mr Taylor I haven’t got the capital outlay to start my own business but if you were to loan me the money I could pay you it back.’
“I see; how much would you need?
“Well I would need a large barrow and a stall and then there would be the rent to pay the council for pitching there.’
“I reckon with a hundred pounds I could make a good start Mr Taylor.’
“So you would like me to loan you a hundred pounds is that what you are asking.’
“Yes Mr Taylor.’
“Go on dad; please help him; you will get your money back.’
“Listen Michael, you’ve bounced from job to job ever since I’ve known you.’
You’ve laboured on a building site, been a coalman, then working on the fish quay.’
“This is different Mr Taylor; I would be working for myself; my own business you see.’
“I believe everyone deserves a chance in life Michael so I am going to help you; but if you let me down never speak to me again do you hear me.’
“I will have words with Peter Jacobs tomorrow about the rent; meanwhile you sort out a pitch.
Tom here knows the perfect place; it’s on the corner of Woolies.’
“A good place reiterated George.’