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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 Margaret Linnie woke up early she wondered if Tom had made it around the Cape. Tom promised to phone Dougie at the observatory on the number he had given him when he reached Eyemouth. She got herself washed and ready and went over on the gravel pathway. Dougie was listening to the radio when she went in.

“Any news yet Doogie?’

No, not yet Morag.’

“He said he would ring when he arrived; what was the weather like around the Cape like last night?’

“Pretty rough seas I’m afraid to say Morag.’

 Margaret bit on her finger nails as she waited for news. “What’s it like out there today?’

Forecast is good Morag don’t worry, had there been an incident we would have heard by now.’

Just then the phone rang and Dougie answered.’

“No Kerstin, there hasn’t been any news; Morag is here waiting; Yes, I will call you as soon as I hear anything.’ Bye the now.’

There’s some hot coffee in the pot Morag if you’d like some; pore me a one too would you.’

Margaret took to coffee mugs and poured out the hot liquid then added milk and sugar then handed one to Dougie.

They had just taken a sip from the mug when the phone went again and Dougie picked it up.

This time it was Beth; Dougie said he was awaiting news.’

“I will call you as soon as I hear okay; bye.’

Dougie put down the phone then picked up his binoculars then scanned the horizon. Something he had to do every half hour. He wrote in the log his observations. Temperature, wind speed and how the seas were running.’

It was nearly 7.30am when the phone rang again.

Hello Tom, yes I have Morag here.

Margaret grabbed the phone from Dougie then spoke into the receiver. “Hi Tom are you alright?’

“Yes I’m fine darling, we haven’t long got in’ it was a bit rough coming around Cape Wrath. We should make North Shields later this afternoon. I’m going to empty my pots then re- string them; the lads are down the market buying bait now for me.’ “We are going to eat breakfast before re-fuelling then we will be off.’ I will phone you later on tonight my love.

“Take care Tom; speak to you later; I love you bye.’

“Bye Margaret came the reply.’

“Thanks Doogie said Morag as she finished her coffee then made her way back home again.

She told her father and mother that they were all safely around the Cape and were now in Eyemouth.

“I bet you have nae slept why don’t you go back and have an hour love said her mother.’

I think I might; you don’t mind do you father?’

“Of course not, get yourself away to your bed.

Margaret went to her room and wrapped a tartan blanket around herself and closed her eyes.

 

 

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