"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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Throughout the early 50’s and 1960’s Paddy Devlin and Paddy Leonard had got rich off the backs of others and by the start of the 1970’s a new drug was being pushed around. It was called cocaine a white power that could either be snorted or injected. It was very addictive. Now in their early fifties Leonard and Devlin were not the force that they were and there was a new kid on the block. Devlin still thought himself as the hard man he walked around North Shields as if he owned it. Even though throat cancer had ravaged his body Devlin commanded some respect. He spoke through a voice box in his throat that was put in by surgery in 1975. In 1976 he was taking a ferry back from South Shields when he allegedly tried to run and jump on the last ferry back home and fell into the River Tyne and drowned. Some say he was pushed. The police station in North Shields held a party when they found out. Denis Lord who ran operations for Sid McCullough in Grand Canaria did off with over six million dollars to America and was never seen again. McCullough was later arrested on charges of fraud and tax evasion and sent to prison for ten years. Angela his wife sold everything he once owned because he had foolishly put it all in her name to avoid paying the duty on it. She filed for divorce in 1977 and went back to live In Tenerife where she now runs a beauty salon on the island for tourists.


Carlo Lopez was shot dead coming out of a fish restaurant one evening in 1972; some said the order had come from the Kray family who were still running operations in London’s West End from inside prison.

As for Allan Forster and Steven Patterson they opened a successful hotel business on Coogie Beach. They both married local girls and have two children. Allan’s mother

Still lives with them in a house he had built on the beach so they could look out at the sea, to watch the sun set every night. They visit Steven’s house every other weekend where they take the four boys fishing in a charter boat they own.


Charley Clay’s clothing factory closed in 1974, the factory reopened under the name of Levi’s where they produced denim jeans. This remained open until they were bought out by a firm called Tecaz in the late 1980’s. It didn’t survive that long and went out of business and closed now the factory has now been demolished. All that stands there now is waste ground where a travelling fair uses it instead of Norham High School field where they used to use.


On North Shields Fish Quay Rob Thomson still drives the popper for Phil Hunter’s Fish Store. Now married with a daughter called Rachel who he adores he is content.

Tommy Cottingham left Hunters fish store to start up his own business further down the quay and is doing well, he and Phil are still good friends.

Norman Kaye still is a bone of contention but not with Rob. He now picks on Jamie Pike a young apprentice who like Rob gives as good as he gets.

One thing is certain; life still goes on in this little town, a place with a history all of its own.





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