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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“I have to agree wi the skipper Steve.’

Steve picked up the pint glass and drank half of it as he pondered on what they had said.’ Finally he said “she’s not a bad woman yer na, a mean she’s right bossy an aal that but hor heart is in the reet place.’

Three pints later and Steve had come to a decision.

“I’ll marry the lass Tom; but it won’t stop me gannin’ wi who I like.’

“She can like it or lump it; I won’t be tied doon wi nae woman.’

“Well you are going to have to do it before we set sail this weekend.’

“I will gan doon to Fisher’s the pawn shop and get a ring tomorrow and on Friday we’ll gan to the registry office and get wed.’ I’ll tell me mother and father when I get in.’ Well considering this is my last night as a single man you’d better get the pints in.’

“Yer will be me best man won’t yer Chris?’

“Me; no way, let Tom be yer best man.’

“Yer kiddin’ me aren’t yer.’

“Aye yer daft happath.’ Of course I’ll be yer best man.’

“We better get a suit sorted oot hadn’t wi?’

“Tomorrow morning first thing; we’ll gan doon to Harry Wrights’ shop and pick oot a suit each.’

Tom gave Steve another twenty quid. Here that’ll cover the wedding costs and provide you wi a little tea afterwards. “You and Kerstin can stay with us until you find a place to live.’

“Thanks Tom, I really appreciate this.’

“You won’t regret this Steve, Kerstin is going to make you a good wife; once more she loves you.’ Why she would want to love an idiot like you beats me; but there you go,’

Chris went to the bar and got another round in; they sat until ten o’clock and then Chris got up and told them he was going to the heads.’

Come on we’ll all go we don’t want donkey knob here pissing up those stairs again on his stag night do we.’

Well this is it then said Steve; I never thought I’d be getting’ wed until I was at least thirty.’

Good job Kerstin’ wants you said Chris as he directed the jet of hot urine against the urinal.’

“Why is that then you ugly bugger?’

“Cos nae bugger else will have yer would they Tom.’

“That’s a fact.’

“An’ you’s are going to be my best men an aal; whey the bloody cheek of it.’

The three men shook themselves and buttoned up their flies before heading over the road to climb the stairs that would lead Steve home for the last time as a single man.

They reached Toms gate and Steve went to the door he pulled the key through the letterbox and let himself in. Kerstin came to the passage with Margaret and Beth.’

“Well lass he said as she approached; looks like you’d better get yer glad rags sorted for tomorrow as we are getting wed.’ “I’m going to be a father to that kid of ours an aal.’

Kerstin threw her arms around Steve and kissed him.’

“I’m going to make you happy Steve; you’ll see.’

“I better gan over an’ tell me mother and father now pet.’

“Alright; I will see you tomorrow then.’

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