EBB AND FLOW

"Ebb and flow" which is centred around the Charley Clays Clothing Factory during the early sixties. The story focuses on different kinds of life in North Shields at that time - There's Helen Smith the young woman who dreams of a better life for herself, she wants to live like the rich people. When she marries Thomas Lattimer who is a wealthy banker she discovers that the life that she wanted is not all it was made up to be. Jimmy Mulligan who works for Hoults the butchers, lives over the road with his parents he has been in love with Helen since they were at school together. He tells her of his love and that he will wait for her no matter how long it takes. Allan Forster has been in and out of Borstal for petty crimes he dreams of one big job that will net him enough money to live the high life - He gets involved with Paddy Leonard a notorious hardman. A power struggle takes place in North Shields for supremacy. Paddy Devlin another bouncer, come gangster is running a protection racket

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My true love will be waitin.’

Waitin at the end of my ride.’

 

Move em on head em up

Head em up move em on

Move em on head em up -Rawhide

 Head em out ride em in

Ride em in let them out

Cut them out ride em in- rawhide

 

Keep Rollin,’ rollin,’ rollin

Through the steams a fallin’

Keep those doggies movin’ –Rawhide

Through rain and windy weather

Hell bent for leather

Wishin my gal was by my side

All the things I’m missin’

Good vittles, love, and kissin’

Are waiting at the end of my ride.

 

The man leading the donkey’s joined in with the last chorus as they turned and headed back.

You sure sing a fine tune said the man as the donkeys stopped instinctively and he fed them a small carrot each.

George paid the man who doffed his trilby as Pat linked his arm and came back to where the lads were sitting.

“Who’s for a dip in the sea then?’

“Me said Dave enthusiastically.’

“What about your false leg?

“I don’t need it to swim with.’

Dave walked down to the waters edge then took off the false leg and handed it to Edith who took it and placed it on the dry sand as Dave hopped himself as far as he could go then dived into the surf.

In the water he was as buoyant as anyone else; in fact he was a very good swimmer.

He swam out for half a mile then turned. The others were just bobbing dots upon the sea as he swam back again. Edith wasn’t as strong a swimmer as Dave as he got closer the others were splashing and frolicking in the surf. They all grabbed a kiss and then threw their arms around each other in the deeper water. Dave swam to Edith who did the same so that Dave would not be outdone by the others.’

They treaded water for a good half an hour before heading back to the beach.

Edith  went to collect Dave’s leg whilst Jack Bowen ran up the beach and came back with a towel so Dave could dry off his stump before putting it into the prosthetic leg. It had turned the colour of beetroot and Dave massaged some feeling back into it before putting it back on and securing the straps. There were many stares from people on the beach who covered their children’s eyes from the distressing sight.’

Some gave him a sympathetic smile as he passed. Dave Then took off the leg again and began to hop about as he used the false leg like a guitar and did a rendition of “You’ve Really Got Me.’ He croaked out the words to the Kinks song and the rest of the lads joined in. When he was done he replaced the leg and walked up the beach. A ripple of applause went up so Dave turned and gave them a bow.’

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