"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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Well I tell you this Mr Sheldon; we are not going back to work: we will stay out on strike; official or not until our demands are met.’ The TV Cameras and press men were recording everything.

“Comrades listen, Barry appealed. “ You are in a fight that you cannot possibly win, give up now and go back to your jobs whilst you still have one; that is our advice.’


“If that is so then they can stick their bloody jobs’ someone shouted and the women all nodded in agreement.’

The reporter from the Evening Chronicle Colin Prince asked what the women were to do now.’

Frances Hogarth took the microphone as the cameras zoomed in on her face.

“I tell you all this; I do not care how long it takes, I urge all women who work in any capacity to stand up and fight for their rights. Too long now have we been down trodden in this country.’ “We worked when our men went to fight a war; we supported you all, Now,’ all of you men out there who have jobs we ask you to support us as we fight for better working conditions.’

“You may not think that us women being out on strike effects you. “ I tell you now it does.’ How many of you men are struggling to make ends meet even though you are working?’ “How many wives have to work too as well as run a home so you can bring up a family on the pittance that they pay us.’

“We are asking for your support in our fight for better pay, better working conditions, and a better standard of life.’

“We are not fighting for ourselves but for every working woman in this country and the generations that will follow.’ “ we break this strike now then all that we have suffered in the past will never change.’ “We have a chance to change the way women are seen in the workplace. “ We have rights too and all that we ask is that we be treated with respect and dignity.’ “We want equality and it may take us many years to achieve this but we will win; we shall overcome.’

The women broke out into song. “We shall overcome.’

A reporter from the Daily Mirror came to the front to ask Frances Hogarth a question. Timothy Evans asked if the women were using the strike just to make a point. Is this not a personal attack on men in general?’

“No it is not.’

“Can I ask you this Mr Evans; “do you believe that a woman’s place is in the home?’

“My personal views are not in question here Evan’s said nervously.’

“I’ll bet your wife is at home right now; cooking, cleaning, washing your clothes for you, and ironing you a clean shirt for tomorrow. “ Am I right?’

“What is your point?’

“My point is this Mr Evans; given the choice would she rather have some independence; did she choose to be the little woman at home tied to the kitchen sink.’

“What are you implying by that remark?’

“You have answered my question Mr Evans; I have nothing more to say to you.’

“I have read all your comments in the thing you call a newspaper; you are a sexist pig Mr Evans.’

“You cannot call me a sexist pig on live television that is slander.’

“Take me to court and I will say it there too.’

“Evans excused himself embarrassingly as the women went on with their protest.

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