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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Soon David was asking to borrow money from her promising to pay her back. She loaned him the money to the tune of £10.000 which was a lot of money then. He never repaid the money. He had lied about being a footballer and also a spy. Susanne later discovered that she was not the first woman he’d deceived. There was nothing that she or any of the other women could do to get their money back.

Macbeth ended up owning Greys Night Club with its different coloured lights on the staircase as you went in with a mirrored ceiling and blue grey tiles on the floor that had a star in the middle. The mirrored tiles at the bar and optics brought many local heroes flocking to the place. Tom Speight from Wallsend managed the club until the late eighties until it was sold.

 

The girls made their way out at eleven then walked up home to try and catch the Marina Avenue Fish and Chip Shop. The MacDonald’s owned the shop and it was packed out after the bars closed so you had to get in there quick.

There was a small queue when they arrived but soon it would be half way down the street.

“What can I get you love said the big Scots woman.’

“Haddock and chips please,’ with salt and vinegar and some batter.’ 

Would you like curry sauce or some mushy peas with that hen?’

“No thanks.’

“That’ll be one shilling and nine pence please.’

“Anne handed over the money then waited for the others to get served.’

They sat on the wall outside the shop eating their supper as some young lads wondered over.’

“Giz a chip then said one lad to Betty Dobson.’

“They’ve got plenty in the fish shop, why don’t you buy some.’

My mate has gone in for them but there’s a queue and I’m starvin, go on giz a chip.’

Betty handed over the packet and the young lad took a chip then sat next to her.’

“So where have you girls been tonight?’

“We all went to the Percy Main Club to see David Macbeth, he’s so handsome.’

“I wouldn’t kick him out of me bed said Pat Holding with a dreamy look in her eyes.’

“Where’ve you lot been then?’

“Well we started of in North Shields then came back to the Ridges Inn because me fatha and mother were in there.’

“Where are they now like.’

“In the Hoose I expect they only live over the road. Where do you girls live then?’

“Anne Lives in Oakwood and we live beside the reservoir. Betty offered the lad another chip and told him to take more as she would never finish them.’

“I’m Eric Bowen by the way, what’s your name?’

“Elizabeth but people around here call me Betty.’

“What do you call your mate in there asked Edith?’

That’s Dave Cox he’s as mad as a ships cat he is but a nice lad.’

Dave looked through the window at his mate then put his thumbs up.’

“Do you fancy him like?’

“He’s not bad looking I suppose, said Edith trying to look nonchalant.’

“We can walk you home if you like.’

“Aye alright said Betty; what about me said Anne am I walking home by myself?’

“No.’ we’ll walk you home first and then see these young ladies home.’

“Where’s the ladies like said Liz.’

“They are over the road behind the bushes said Shirley.’

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