"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


18. 18

“Well Jack is two years older than me a bit taller and broad he’s right ugly and so is our George.’

“Well what about me then said Liz; looks like I’m stopping in tomorrow doesn’t it.

“No my mate John Bridget will take you out. He plays a mean guitar; we are trying to get a band together.’

“Do you play as well?’

“Aye a bit, but it’s mostly vocals I do.’

“What you called then this band of yours?’

“Ingot,’ we’re named after what is left after they melt gold and silver ore.’

“I like the name, its very catchy said Betty.’ What Kind of stuff do you play?’

“Rock and roll baby, isn’t that the only kind.’

“Right on said Dave Cox.’

“Are you in the group Dave asked Edith as they passed a shrubbery then turned right into Oakwood Avenue?’

“I couldn’t blow a ragman’s bugle pet and I’m tone deaf an aal.’

 “I just live over the road here said Anne. They stood at the gate until her front door opened “Well good night then you lot said Anne and opened the gate and walked down the path.’

“I’ll come over tomorrow night said Betty knowing that Anne would do her hair and make up again.’

“Yes you can tell me what the two ugly brothers are like if you are going out with me tomorrow.’

Good night then said the girls as Ken and John Colquhoun her older brothers came to the door.’

“Who were those two hippies asked Ken?’ referring to a new breed of people who believed in free love and smoking cannabis and taking LSD.’

“Never you mind; do I ask you who you’ve been with.’

The men turned and Anne walked down the passage and into her own bedroom.

She looked out of her window to see Edith and Betty linking in with Eric and Dave. She smiled then drew the curtains. She undressed hung up her clothes in the wardrobe and put on a pair of Charley Clay’s Pyjamas than went into scullery and made herself a cup of Ovaltine. She prized the lid off with the edge of a spoon then put on a pan with some milk from the larder. Her mother got fresh milk delivered from Kevin Brand’s father. Kevin was nicknamed “The Moon Man” because he had alopecia and had no teeth. He wasn’t the weight of a bag of coal and looked like stick insect. His nose was small and flattened and his eyes devoid of hair. It made him look almost oriental as his skin was an orange colour.

The lads were sitting around the television set with their father watching Gunsmoke a western series. “I think I’ll just go to bed then said Anne carrying her Ovaltine to her room.’

“Good night pet said her father.’

Goodnight Da.’ Her mother was already in bed She would be going to mass in the morning.

Anne sat up reading a woman’s magazine until twelve thirty then turned out the light.’



The phone rang in central taxis office and Pat Sunigar answered it. A familiar voice spoke.

“Yes paddy, we’ll send one around in five minutes.’

“Pat radioed Albert Nicholson, he was the nearest.’

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