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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He’s gone noo Mrs Sampson he drove off in his car.’

“Why would a stranger just give you over a weeks wages Billy?’

“Well he was lookin’ for his daughter in the park but she wasn’t there yer see; then he asked me to play wi his willy for a bit. He made a right mess on my jumper though.’

“Ella had the look of shock all over her face as she gave the boy his fish and chips and the pop and told him to wait. Billy open the packet then began to eat the fish and chips as Ella went into the back of the shop and told Gerry Marshall the owner.’

“Call the police said Ella I will keep young Billy here.’

Fifteen minutes later a black Mariah showed up and two policemen approached the shop.

“Is this the boy Mrs Samson.’

“Yes, that’s him.’

“Now then Bill can you tell us what this man looked like?

“Aye he had a brown suit on and he wore a brown trilby like the gangsters wear.’

“Was he big or small?’

“I don’t know how big can a willy get?’

The officer rephrased his question.

“Was he tall or short.

Billy put another chip in his mouth then said that he was about as tall as him pointing at the other officer who was standing taking notes.

“Can you describe what the car looked like?’

“He doesn’t understand the word describe Charley; he’s only six for God sake.

“What did the car look like Billy?

About as big as your car out there.’

Was it black?

“Aye it was and it had these posh leather seats and a brown wooden front with all there clocks on.

“I looked inside this draw and I saw this lump of papers with a red ribbon on it;’ it weren’t no birthday present.’

“Did you see any writing on this file Billy?’

Aye; it was Newcastle Crown Court.’

Good lad Billy you are going to make a great policeman when you grow up. “Now son did you see the number on the back of the car.’

Aye, it was 7526.’

“Are you sure about that son?’

“Whey Aye I remembered looking at it as before got in.’

Just a minute son; we will be right back.’

The two officers went to the car then the one who had spoken with him was talking into a microphone.

Billy sat happily eating the rest of his fish and chips, he was really hungry not having eaten anything since that morning.

“Can you open me pop for me Auntie Ella?’

“Yes Billy, Just wait, and I will get you a cup to drink it; Ella took the bottle from him then went into the back she opened the bottle then filled a cup.

“When the officers returned Ella showed them the ten bob note that was on the counter.’

Have you touched it Mrs Samson?’

“No, I thought that there might be finger prints on it.’

“Clever girl.

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