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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Mickey then asked everyone to raise their glasses.’ “For those in peril on the sea”

Everyone raised their glasses and repeated the toast; then knocked back the whiskey’s in one swallow. It burned the back of Tom’s throat as he was not used to drinking whiskey unless he was taken with the flu. Everyone sat down and was chatting away; some remembered how Snowy McGregor worked with them on board other boats until he got his own. John Mac Ardle played a squeeze box, whilst Bernard Johnson played a set of pipes. Brian Ellis played a drum and Alan Skinner played a fiddle. The old sea shanties were played throughout the night and everyone joined in. “Haul away Joe” was the next song; Billy Mitchell stood up and sang it whilst everyone joined in the chorus.

 

When I was just a little lad

Or so my mother told me

Way haul away, haul away Joe!

That if I didn’t kiss the girls

My lips would grow all mouldy

Way haul away, Haul away Joe!

 

Way haul away, the good ships a bolting

Way haul away, we’ll haul away Joe!

Way haul away

, the sheet is now unfolding

Way haul away we’ll haul away Joe!

 

  King Louis was the king of France

Before the revolution

Way haul away, we’ll haul away Joe!

But when he got his head cut off

It spoiled his constitution

Way haul away, we’ll haul away Joe!

 

Way haul away, we’ll haul for better weather

Way haul away we’ll haul away Joe!

Way haul away, we’ll haul away together

Way haul away, we’ll haul away Joe!

 

The cook is in the galley boy’s

Making duff so handy

Way haul away, we’ll haul away Joe!

The captains in his cabin lads

Drinking wine and brandy

Way haul away, we’ll haul away Joe!

 

Way haul away we’ll sing to you of Nancy

Way haul away, we’ll haul away Joe!

Way haul away, she Just my cut and fancy

Way haul away, well haul away Joe!

 

Way haul away, we’ll haul for better weather

Way haul away, we’ll haul away Joe!

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