A Place Beyond The Priory

 "A Place Beyond the Priory " This is a story about Life in North Shields during the 1900's-1920's Tom Farrow is a third generation coble fisherman, Who meets and falls in love with a young herring girl who has travelled from the isle of Barra in the outer Hebrides looking for work. Margaret Linnie, her two friends Kerstin McDonald and Beth Munro all end up on the gutting line in Tyne Brand - their unscrupulous foreman Albert Mortimer treats all the girls on the line like animals including his wife Lizzie who bares him 11 children. forced into a marriage she did not want, Lizzie is abused by Albert for his own sexual gratification. She was in love with a young Greek boy called Leonidas Kostalas whom she had known from her days at school and lost her virginity to but her father will not allow them to marry- this is a story of love and betrayal and will keep you riveted until the last page is read.


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The Acropolis was empty now he’d served lunches before leaving to go to the fruit and veg store. He took his keys and opened the door and Liz helped him to carry his stuff into the kitchen.

“It’s a lot bigger than I expected Leo.’

“Yes and the flat upstairs is very large too.’

The restaurant sat of forty people at a time; of an evening it was always busy; mainly with people from the Greek community from Dockwray Square.

Leo had a gas cooker which was very modern with a double oven the hob held eight pans at one time and Leo did all the prep and the cooking himself.’

“Would you care to have some lunch with me Liz?’ I have not eaten anything since breakfast.’

“That would be nice; thank you.’

Leo was very quick; he knocked up a chicken salad in no time and then sat down with Liz whist he waited for the moussaka to warm through. They chatted away and it was as if they were turning back time; they talked about their lives and how they came to be where they were.

Liz had never eaten Moussaka before and she liked it.

“You must give me the recipe Leo and I will cook for you one evening.’

“The restaurant is open six evenings a week Liz; I never get the time apart from a quick bite for lunch. You must come and see me again Liz; I think the time is now right for both of us.’ I have missed you so much he said as he took her by the hand, I’m sure in time you will come to love me as I love you.’

Liz looked into his big brown eyes and said “Leo I never stopped loving you.’ Years may have past us by but we still have some good years left that we can spend together. “That’s if you want me.’

Of course I want you Liz; it was meant to be. I want you to be my wife and come here and live with me above the restaurant. “Would you like that?’

“Yes Leo I would.’

Leo leaned over and kissed Liz so tenderly, unashamedly he held her in his arms and didn’t want to let her go.

I will never let you get away from me this time Liz; you are mine and I am yours forever until we leave this world. I will make the arrangements and we can be married next week.’

“I cannot wait Leo; I will be a good wife to you.’

“I know you will.’ Come I take you home now; you come and see me tomorrow yes?’

Yes Leo, I will be here.’

Liz put on her coat and Leo drove her home.’ He got out of the van and carried her shopping after she had opened the door. Leo was shock at how little she had. It was clean but there wasn’t much inside the house and the scullery was tiny in comparison to his. He set the things down on the table then took her in his arms again and kissed her. “Until tomorrow then he said finally.’

Leo gat into the van then drove away.

Mrs Jean Morton came out onto the path and asked who that was that she’d seen her with.’

“That Jean is the man I should have married twenty six years ago.’

“So are you going to get wed again?’

“Yes, I am Jean; this time to the right man, someone who has loved me since we were at school together.’

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