"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


24. 24

“Right you can light up now if you like.’

“What about Edith?’

“I diven’t na aboot hor like; I was concentrating on Eric.’

Did she go behind the wall as well?’

“Whey Aye.’

“What time did you’s get in then?’

“It was well after one o’clock I can tell you that.’

“That was some snog you had then said Anne as she dried the left side of Betty’s hair first after putting in the rollers.’

She picked up another big roller and began to wrap it around the other side of Betty’s hair. “There was another knock and Liz, Pat, and Edith walked in once she had opened it.’

“They’ll be no standing wi me arse next a wall the night I can tell you that stated Edith. Its bloody freezin’ out there it is.’

“So come on tell us what happened.’

“Nowt to tell really.’

“Aye not likely, according to Betty he was all over you like a rash.’

“Whey we had a bit of a kiss and grope the same as Betty here.’

“Mind you he nearly had my knickers down to my ankles.’

“You filthy bugger said Liz.’

“Dorty lucky bugger you mean, it’s been ages since I’ve had a good snog with a bloke.’ “We don’t have to go through the palaver of plucking eyebrows and putting nail varnish tonight on do we?’

“No, I’ve just got to put some eye make up on for her cos’ she’s kept the false eye lashes on. This time Anne left he hair in a fringe and curled up at the back before applying some mascara and blue and green eye shadow and pencilled in thicker brows. “There you are all done.’ Betty looked at herself in the mirror and liked what she saw.

“Thanks Anne, what would I do without you?’

 “Stay celibate I would expect said Liz dryly.’

“What time are we meeting the lads?’ They said about seven o’clock.’ The first film starts at quarter past so they had better get their skates on.’ “We can get the bus from the Quadrant it stops right outside the pictures.’

“Good I’m getting my coat and I’m taking a brolly as well in case it rains.’

“More chance of bloody snow tonight not rain Anne.’

“Mam I’m away shouted Anne as the others went down the passage and down the short flight of steps.’

“What time will you be in love?’

“Won’t be late mam, I’ve got my key.’

“Alright enjoy yourself pet.’

“They hurried up the street crossed over from the cop box on front street then over to the Quadrant.’

What time is it asked Betty anxiously?’

“Don’t worry Betty they’ll be waiting; especially after last night behind that wall.’

“Will you stop going on about that wall.’ You’re giving me a complex.’

“With a bit of luck tonight he might be giving you an orgasm.’

“Chance would be a fine thing said Liz.’

“Look there’s the bus coming from the Pineapple said Pat as they stood on the corner.’

They walked to the stop as the bus came around the corner.’

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