"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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He sat down and Steve went to get him a drink.

When Steven returned Carlo opened the case that he was carrying showing Allan forty pounds of cannabis resin. Allan opened his case to reveal the money all in American dollars.’

“Don’t you want to count it said Allan as Carlo closed the case and slid it on the floor next to his feet.

“It looks about right said Carlo as he had thumbed the notes to make sure that they were all dollars. He finished his drink then said. “Let me know if we can do business again gentlemen.’

He walked to the Mercedes that he had parked across the street then placed the case on the passenger seat and then drove away.

“What do we do now?’

“We get Sergio to run us back to hotel where we cut one of the slabs; the others can be kept in the safe down stairs until needed.

“I bought some scales and some cling wrap from the market when I got the case. We can cut each one and sell at ten pounds per half ounce.’

“Come on Allan are you crazy, they are not going to pay that.’

“Do you want to bet?’

“Look these kids are on holiday; looking for a cheap thrill and to get high, “sex and drugs and rock and roll my friend.’ We are just supplying a need that’s all.’

They finished their drinks off then jumped into the taxi. The case was placed into the boot and Sergio took them back.

They paid Sergio well over the odds and asked him come back in half an hour for them so that he could take them to the Barranco Hotel. Allan stuffed a slab inside of his jacket then went to the safes. There was a middle aged woman in there so they waited until she came out before Allan asked Steve to keep and eye out whilst he stored the drugs in the safe. He turned the combination lock to 213654 and the door opened. one by one he placed the slabs inside until it was completely full. Closing the door he spun the combination lock then tried the door to make sure it was locked.

“Come on said Allan lets get this cut.’

They opened the door to their apartment then set the slab down on the table. Steven brought the scales and the cling wrap. Allan brought out  tape measure then began measure the block off into one inch blocks by a half inch. That gave them 16 ounces. Then they were halved again to make 32 half ounce wraps. We are going to make £320 pounds in about twenty minutes from now mate.

“I hope you are right.’

“It is supply and demand my friend. That’s how business is done.’ “We don’t negotiate a price Steve, its ten pound per wrap or we walk; don’t let anyone give you grief over the price.’

They’ll get a swift kick in the balls if they mess wi me.’

“Okay then, let’s go make some easy money.’

The 32 wraps were placed inside a mountaineer’s small rucksack and Steven held onto it as Sergio drove them to Las Americas.

“We won’t be long Sergio said Allan as he and Steven got out of the taxi and then entered the Barranco hotel.

“I wait yes,’

“Yes you wait amigo.’

They approached the reception and asked for Bethany Mole one of the scouse girls.’

“Room 251 sir would you like for me to give them a call.

“No we will just go up if that’s alright.’

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