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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It’s the second floor on the left about half way down said the Spanish woman who gave him a nice smile.’

“Thank you replied Allan then took the stairs to the second floor.’

 They could hear music coming from inside as they knocked on the door.

A girl answered dressed in a brightly flowered dress. “Have you come for the party?’ come on in.’ Come in. Help your self to beer or wine.’

“Is Bethany Mole around?

“Yeah man she’s out on the balcony.’

Thanks said Allan as he walked to see around forty people in various states of undress as they were spread out on the floor drinking beer and wine. “When Bethany saw them she came over and hugged them both. Would you like a drink or something she asked suggestively?’

“Look Beth I got the gear with me; did you sort any money out.’

“How much is it?’

“Look Beth I had to pay more than I anticipated.’ “It’s going to be £10 quid a wrap.’

Beth walked into the room and just announced that her friends were selling some weed if they wanted to buy some. They were queuing up to buy it and within five minutes it was sold. Allan stayed for just one beer then told Bethany if she needed more to just ring him at the hotel.

Once outside Allan looked at Steven then said “that’s the easiest money I ever made.’ “Do you realise we just earned over a years wages back home in less than ten minutes.’

“We are going to have no problems shifting this gear I tell you.’

“We scour the beaches again tomorrow in search of new customers.

If we can shift a pound of this stuff in less than ten minutes God knows how much we can make in a night.’ There has to be over a hundred hotels here in Tenerife and we can service them all.’

Sergio drove them back to the hotel and they gave a massive tip and told him to be outside the hotel at ten o’clock in the morning.

“Muchas gracias senor.’

“De nada Amigo.’

“Picking up the lingo already I see said Steven.’

“If we are going to go into business it pays to learn the lingo then if they try to rip us off we will know.’

“The language of love is the same all over the world mate.’

Allan just shook his head as they headed back to the safe and placed the money that they had made inside. By the end of this week we will have over ten grand each Allan.’

“I reckon more like twenty if we invest more from our supplier.’

“Wow twenty grand in less than a week; it’s unbelievable.’

“You had better start believing mate because this is happening.’ We’ve cornered a market and it won’t be long before we are a big cheese in Tenerife.’

 

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