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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What are we going to do today then asked Beth Munro as she fixed her hair.

“I dinnae ken said Kerstin but I’m not hangin’ about to find out.’

“We could go to Northumberland Park today it’s nice enough replied Margaret.’

“What are we going to do there?’

“There’s some lovely gardens there that we can walk around plus there is a pond with some ducks and swans in there I believe.’

“Well it’s somewhere to go isn’t it?’

“I suppose so said Kerstin who wasn’t amused in the slightest.

“It will pass the time until we go to the pictures tonight. “ We can walk to the park it will give us a bit of exercise said Margaret.’

“Och, come on Morag can’t we take the tram.’ We got ten shillings signing on fee from Tyne brand.’

“We have to keep that and send some money home to our mother’s.’

“I’m not sending mine home said Kerstin; I’ve got clothes to buy with that.’

“Well you won’t have much left to spend on clothes if you keep getting the tram everywhere.’ I don’t think we should be taking advantage of these wee lads either.’

“Why not they offered last night didn’t they.’

“Aye they did, but it doesn’t mean we have to take their money every night.’

“I do believe that you are quite smitten by Tom then.’

“Yes, I like him a lot.’

“Who wouldn’t with all those muscles an all.’

“It’s got nothing to do with his muscles; he’s a good man and I don’t care to use men like that.’

“Well you don’t mind if Beth and I indulge ourselves then.’

“You do as you please but I won’t lower myself.’

Margaret fixed a blue velvet bonnet to her head with a hat pin then placed her light weight coat into a straw bag.

“Right then are you all ready?’

“Aye, we are.’

Margaret led the way out and they walked along towards the fish quay.’

“Why are we going this way Morag it stinks down here?’

Some one told me that if we walk up the bank at the other end of the quay then the park is across the road from there.’

“Have you seen how steep that bank is?’

“Will you stop complaining Kerstin?’

“It is rather steep said Beth, as she crossed the cobbled street and walked along the quayside.’

There were a few lads stripped to the waist with tattoos on their arms. One of them had the figure of Christ tattooed on his back. The two men whistled s they walked past.’

“Hey pet are ye doing oot the neet, me and my mate here will show you a good time.’

Margaret ignored them and carried on but both Beth and Kerstin stopped to talk with the two lads.’

“Are you coming shouted Margaret as she got further along and then turned around to see them both giggling.’

“The girls waved then hurried along.’

“You should nae be encouraging those men like that both of you.’

“I’m not getting married yet you know said Beth with a scowl, there plenty of men to choose from here.’

 

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