The Skin Shop

The story which is semi autobiographical tells the story of Ralph Mason Growing up in Collingwood Terrace in North Shields in 1948. it is a story of Hardship, poverty, love, and friendship just after the Second World War. Some names have been changed and I have used some poetic licence to bring the story to back to life as some of the places talked about in this story are no longer with us. "The Skin Shop is one boys journey into manhood.


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Sharon looked up and waved at Ralph and he waved back.’

“She’s definitely into you said Brian.’

Fancy asking them to go to the pictures this weekend?’

“We have a competition, remember.’

That’s right you said.’

You can come if you like though as the girls will be competing as well.’


Come on give me a hand to tidy up in here then we have to get a rubbish bag and pick up the empties from the rink.



Upon her return from Austria both Jenny Simpson and Agnes went about their duties

She had phoned Norman but he was away on business. She hoped that he would call; she missed him and wanted to tell him about her skiing holiday.

Flight lieutenant Samuel J Lawton was a good man to work for and he didn’t really impose on her that much. She had four letters to copy out and she had answered a few calls for him; other than that it was making sure he had a good supply of tea and biscuits.

At lunch time she went to the canteen and met Jenny. She ate a ham sandwich and an apple.’

“How’s it going Jenny?’

“It’s been hectic over here.’

Apparently the Duke of Gloucester is coming to inspect the base next week; it’s supposed to be all hush, hush; but everyone knows about it.

Apparently there will be a lot of work going on behind the scenes that we don’t know about.’

There is suppose to be a fly past by three Wellington bombers and Lancaster’s. They will be led by a squadron of Spitfires to mark the third anniversary of the battle of Britain.’

Have you heard from Norman since we got back?’

“Well I rang him but by someone in the office told me that he’s away on business.

“When does he get back?’

“I don’t know.’

“Well I hope he hasn’t given you the flick.’

“Well that is his bad luck if he has; there’s plenty of fish in the sea.’

“Have you gone off him then?’

No, but if he thinks that I’m going to hang around waiting for weeks on end, he can think again.’

“Are we going over to officer’s mess tonight then?’

“Will we get in?’

“I’m sure if you ask the flight lieutenant he will wangle a pass for you.’

“Alright then I will ask him.’

They finished their lunch then headed back to the offices.’

Later that afternoon whilst taking tea in for her boss she just happen to mention the officers mess and right away he gave her a couple of passes.

“You can use these anytime you like Mason; but be a good girl won’t you.’

“I mean, I don’t want to be hearing any stories of drunken young girls taking advantage of my good nature and my men.’  

They’ll be no trouble from me Sir; I promise.’

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