"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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Steven fished out the ice from the bucket for him and his friend as Allan introduced them to the well dressed Spaniard.

“We are looking to buy some goods from you Carlo.’

“How much are you prepared to spend; I don’t deal in small quantities?’

“Is four grand big enough?’

“Okay that sounds like a good business proposition. “ When can you get the money?’

“We can go get it right now.’ When can we have the merchandise?

“I can get it for you later tonight?’ There are certain rules that you must follow first.’

“I deal in American dollars only.’

“If you are caught with the merchandise you do not know me understand? And if you were to implicate me in any way if you are caught then you would both be in great danger. “Do you understand?’

 “Perfectly Carlo.’

Carlo shook Allan’s hand; it was a firm handshake. The two men stood up and Carlo told them to meet him in the Palm Beach bar at eight o’clock.’

“Thank you.’

“Sergio will drive you anywhere that you want to go.’

The two young men walked through to the door where the young Chinese girl bowed as they went out.

When they got into the lift Steven said “Four grand Allan that’s a lot of our money; I hope that we don’t get ripped off by Mr Lopez.’

“He doesn’t know who we are connected to so he wouldn’t try anything stupid.’

The lift doors opened and they walked outside where Sergio was waiting.

They asked Sergio to take them to the Barclays branch in Santa Cruz where they drew out four thousand pounds converted into American dollars thy walked out of he bank with $12, 632, and 34 cents.

Sergio dropped them of at the Hotel Laguna and told them that he would pick them up again at 7.30pm.

Steven paced the floor like a caged lion as Allan counted the money out on the coffee table.

“Sit down will yer, your making me nervous.’

“What if they just burst in here, they could take all our money and bump us both off.’

“You’ve been watching too many films you have. Just relax.’

“Look Steve that resin once its cut is going to net us about ten grand. That’s six grand clear profits.’ In six months we could have fifty grand each. “We could retire on that. “ We could go back to England and buy a nice house somewhere and live on the interest on our money.’

“It won’t take us long before we are supplying every holiday resort in Tenerife mate.’ This place is hot all the year round so you have an influx of new holiday makers coming in all the time. “This is a gold mine I tell yer and we are going t be rolling in it before long.’


Later that evening the two lads dressed in smart shirts and trousers with polished shoes and a jacket. They looked nothing like the beach bums that they looked like that afternoon.

Sergio picked them up and took them to the Palm Beach bar where there sat in the corner of the room with an attaché case bought from the market.

They ordered a beer each and sat waiting. At precisely 8pm Carlo walked in pulling a luggage case on wheels.’ He looked like any other holiday maker who had just arrived.

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