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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Strolling along the beach in Tenerife Allan Forster and Steven Patterson were on the look out for girls. Steven had the patter and was not afraid to go and chat up any young woman. They had been in Tenerife for three weeks now and had been with a different girl every night. They spent the day on the beaches and trolled the bars at night.’

“You know this money isn’t going to last us forever you know Steve; we need to invest it in something.’

“Like what?’

“Come on use your brains; every time we pick up a bird on the beach what do they ask us?

“Well apart from them asking how big my inside leg measurement is I don’t know.’

 “Seriously man, they ask us if we have got any gear.’

“Yeah they do don’t they.’

“Well if we could find a local supplier we could make a lot of money. We could cut it and wrap it our selves then sell it to all the young lads and lasses on the beach.’

There are loads of bars and café’s where people hang out.’

“Where are we going to find a supplier?’

“We ask people who are smoking it stupid. They must buy it off someone so we go to him and ask him to sell us enough to sell. He should point us in the right direction.

They found a sun lounger each next to where some young girls were lying topless.

Steven stretched out as Allan made a splif. He lit it up then inhaled; he held it in his lungs then exhaled. The smell of it drifted over to where the girls were and they sat up.’

“Is that a joint you’re smokin ’there said the two girls with a scouse accent.’

“Want a blast then.’

The two girls walked over and they didn’t cover up; instead they sat next to them on the loungers and took the splif and began to smoke it.’

“Have you got anymore of this?’

“Aye, we are getting a supply do you want to buy some?’

“How much do you pay for a wrap here?’

“Usually a fiver a wrap.’ but it depends on who you buy it off. Sometimes they rip you off by charging you a tenner for shite.’

“Well if we can get you some will you tell all your mates?’

“There’s fourteen of us staying at “The Hotel Barranco in Las Americas.’ Do you know it?’

Aye we’ve passed it before.’

Anyone else like a smoke in there?’

“Loads of us; we like to party. “ We don’t usually go out until ten o’clock because we get our heads down like.’ Then we party until four or five in the mornin.’

Look if we were to bring some gear over would you be interested in buying it?’

“Yeah deffo,’

“Right,’ we will be over at the hotel at nine tonight. How long are you here for?’

“We have another week yet.’

Good you put the word out that we are coming with some good gear and that they better have the money ready.’

“Sound Yeah.’

Allan got up and Steven followed. He waited until he was a distance away then said. Where are we going to get cannabis resin before tonight?’

Have faith my friend.’

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