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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Lizzie Mortimer walked down Howard street to Prince’s butcher shop. Colin the happy; always smiling man greeted her as she came into the shop.’

The sawdust on the floor and the distinct smell of the meat was in the air as she asked for a pound of sausages.’

“Will that be pork or beef love.’

Pork please Colin, said Lizzie as she tried to work out how much money she had to spend as she looked in her purse. Out of her eleven children there was only five girls still at home all the rest had flown the nest and were either living nearby or had moved to a different area all together with their wives. Since the death of her husband Albert over two years ago she had not even looked at another man. She was still attractive even though she was now forty six years old. “So how are you getting on asked Colin?’

“Living from day to day Colin just likes the rest of us. Colin weighed the sausage; he added a couple of more links for her then winked. How about some mince Liz, it’s on special this week. “Go on then give me a pound of that as well. Colin picked up a lump from the tray and wrapped it up without weighing it. “I’ll hoy in some trotters and bacon bones for you as well Liz, you can make a good pan of soup with that.’

Thank you Colin.’

“Is that it then Pet?’

“Yes, I think so.’

“That will be one and sixpence Liz.’

“You will never be a rich man Colin Prince, do you know that.’

“Well there are better things than money Liz; I do alright here; I make enough to feed my lot, that’s all that counts.’

“You are a good man Colin Prince and will receive your reward in heaven; God bless you.’

Liz picked up the meat parcels and placed them into her bag then said good day.

She made her way to Nile Street where Atkinson’s fruit and vegetable store was located. She picked up a basket and began to fill it will potatoes, carrots, turnip, and leeks that were now in season. She was about to pickup some pulses when a hand reached down and picked up the basket she was struggling with.’

“That looks awfully heavy for you to carry.’

“Liz looked up and saw it was Leo Kostalas;

“Leo she smiled, how are you?’

“You know how it is Liz; since Adrianna passed away I get lonely.’

“Yes, I know how you feel.’

“Are you in a hurry Liz?’

“No, why?’

“Would you like to come to the restaurant and have a cup of coffee with me and we can pour out our troubles.’ “I have the van outside so I can run you home later.’

Alright then; the girls don’t come in from work until six o’clock so I have an hour or so.’

“Good; let me get these for you; Leo handed in his money for his fruit and vegetables then paid for Lizzie’s. He carried her bags then placed them into the van then went back and picked up the things he needed.

“I like to come for fresh fruit and vegetables every day; that way there is no waste said Leo as he opened the door of the van for Liz then ran around to the other side and got in. 

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