"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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“The warmer weather out there would be better for your hands Ma’

“But I don’t speak lingo son, I’d be bored.’

 The Ausies’ speak English Ma’ come over with us for a month and if you don’t like it then you can come back home.’ I want to look after you Ma.’ I cant do that if I’m out of the country.’

 Kate Forster couldn’t bear the thought of not seeing her son again so she relented and said that she would come with him. When are we leaving?’

“We will leave tonight if we can get flights.’

“I will go and pack a case then.’

Your passport is still valid isn’t it?’

“Yes I think so.’

Please check Ma’ we don’t want any slip ups.’ “Just take one dress, some underwear, and a pair of comfortable shoes to walk in and a light coat. Leave everything else mother you won’t need it.’

 “What about all of my clothes Alan?’

“You won’t need them mother; I will buy you new clothes to wear in Australia.’

His mother went into the bedroom and pulled out a brown leather case and opened the drawers of the chestnut coloured bedroom furniture.’

Can I use the phone Ma’ I want to ring the airport.’

“Yes son.’

Alan picked up the phone and dialled the number of Newcastle airport.

“Do you have any flights going out to Australia today he asked the receptionist?’

“Yes sir how many would be travelling to Australia?’

“There will be five of us.’ We can bring our passport details with us when we check in.’

“Yes sir that will be fine, just make sure you are at the check in two hours beforehand so that we can process your details.’

“What time is the flight?’

We have a flight going out at one o’clock to go to Heathrow Airport where you will change to a 707 Jumbo Jet aircraft which will fly you to Sydney in Australia.’ “Your time of arrival will be seven forty five tomorrow night.’ Please allow for the time difference.’

“Thank you.’

Allan then rang Steven to tell him of his plans and asked him to bring both his parents along. He told him to come around to his house at nine o’clock ready to leave. He then rang East Coast taxi’s to send a mini bus to pick them all up from his house at 10.30 am. He used that firm because if he had used a North Shields one, Paddy Devil or Leonard would have found out somehow about where they were going. It was now twenty past six, he went into his mother’s room where she was packing a few photos wrapped in towels of her family. He gave his mother a kiss on the cheek.’

“Everything is going to be fine mother you’ll see; Steven’s mother and father are coming with us.’ “You know them both so you will not be alone out there.’

“What will we do for work son?’

“Leave it to me mother I’m sure that you will find something out there.’ Allan didn’t want to tell her that they had thousands in the bank and that she would never have to work ever again. She would never have gone.’

Steven Patterson told his parents that he was paying for them to have a long holiday just as Allan had told him over the phone and that they just had to take a few things with them.

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