"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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“Yes I drove Hackney cabs there for a while.’ I’ll be a big bash then knowing the cockneys.’ They do love a good knees up.’


 Tom Laws chatted all the way and told them some hair rising stories about the Kray twins. They got off at the terminal and Steven paid the cab driver then went to get a trolley to put their luggage on. They walked through the terminal building where Allan asked Steven to take his mother and father as well as his mother to a café and have a coffee whilst he checked them all in.

Allan went to the reception and gave his name and asked about the £10 pom trips to Australia which he’d heard of. “Yes they are available Mr Forster. Allan handed all the passports over then they were all given immigration forms to fill in.’

“Can I bring them over once I’ve had a cup of coffee?’

Certainly sir, just bring them back when you are finished and we will get your luggage stowed away on board the aircraft.’

Allan ran to the café and told them that because they hadn’t been to Australia before they all had to fill out an immigration form. Allan got himself a coffee then they began to fill in the forms. Allan did his mothers for her. Then when they were done he ran back to the reception where the details were processed and he paid the fifty pounds for them all to go one way. Both lads lied about being in prison on the declaration at the bottom then signed it. They figured that Britain sent many prisoners over there anyway so it didn’t matter. Steven was going to give him thirty quid to cover both his and his parents fare but Allan told him to get him some cigarettes and a bottle of whiskey with what he owed him.

Once they had checked there luggage through, they went through the security check.

When that was done they were allowed to use the duty free shop. Allan bought several cartons of cigarettes and a bottle of whiskey.’

The both had their driving licences on them after selling the Mercedes cars to Sergio at a knock down price before they left. It was really a bit of a thank you to Sergio who had driven them around the island when they had first started out.

Allan and Steven bought their parents a watch because they didn’t own one. They had bought their gold watches, heavy gold chains, and rings from Carlo who knew people in the jewellery game. Alan organised a car to meet them when they reached Sydney airport via Avis until they could buy one. By twelve noon they were sick of walking around and sat down. Kate and Denise took out the sandwiches they had made and they ate lunch. Allan hadn’t realised how good a corned beef an onion sandwich tasted. They munched through four sandwiches each. Allan suggested that they all go to gate 22 where they would wait with the other passengers until they boarded the plane that would take them to Heathrow.

Tony and Denise were now getting anxious as the time drew nearer. They looked outside the window and watched other planes taking off and then landing again but it did nothing to relieve the abject fear that they were both suffering.

“When the gate opened and they had to make their way to board the plane both Stevens parents walked on board as if they were about to face the gallows. Steve placed the hand luggage in the compartment above them and they looked out of the small window to the ground below them. The steward came around and asked them to fasten their seat belts which again caused them both to feel an impending doom. This was made worse with the emergency procedures given to them by the air hostesses. The plane began to move and Denise held onto her husband as the plane went slowly up the runway. 

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