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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The girls in the factory sang along to “She loves you” by the Beatles. The group from Liverpool had taken the world by storm and had three songs in the top twenty.

“What I would give for a night with Paul McCartney said Liz Turnbull.’

“It would have to be John Lennon for me he’s so funny said Anne Colquhoun.’

Anne Neilson Shouted over “I like Gerry Marsden and the Pacemakers who “Sings I like it.”

“I bet you do an aal.’ “Have you tried your new toy out yet said Liz winking at the other girls?’ you know the one you told me to order you out of my catalogue.’

“Shurup will yer I don’t want the whole world to know.’

“Why, we’ve all got them haven’t we girls.’

“He he, laughed Lesley Cox, “it’s done wonders for my sex life.’ Bob can’t wait for me to use it.’ I’ve ordered a baby doll nightie an aal haven’t I Liz?’

“Hey Liz, have my purple sussy’s arrived at your house yet asked Edith Holding?’

“Not yet, I’m expecting a delivery today though. “ You want to see the looks that I’m getting off the postman. I’m sure the bugger knows what’s in them parcels.

“Where are we going tonight anyway?’

“Fancy a night at the pictures to see Cliff Richard in Summer Holiday.’

“Una Stubbs is in it and Melvyn Hayes.’ There’s someone called Lauri Peters in it as well.’

“What else is on with it?’

“This Sporting Life”

“Who’s in that?’

“Richard Harris I think.’

“I like him said Norma Jenkins.’

“You like any bloke in trousers you said Liz Turnbull.’

“What are you implying like?’

“Come on Norma there’s no kidding us lot in here you know.’

“I will have you know that I’m very reserved.’

“Aye for every bloke in Shields you mean.’ “One or two Cherry B’s down you neck and you’re anybody’s.’

“Why you cheeky bugger; aren’t you seeing anyone then?’

“I might be said Liz as she fed the shirt through the machine to stitch the button holes.’

“Come on then tell us all about your new fella that you’ve got.’

“Well he’s tall and he’s got long black wavy hair and he’s a guitarist in a band.’

“What’s he called then?’

“John James Bridgett do you know him?’

“No where does he live?’

“I’m not telling you; Christ you’d have his pants off him in five minutes if you saw him.’

“So what’s his band called then?’

“Ingot,’ and they’ve got their first gig on Friday night do you want to come along with us.’

Where’s it at?’

“The King Street Club.’

“We are all going from here said Maggie Davison.’

“I’m not playing gooseberry mind.’

“You won’t be, there will be plenty of men in there you can get your lips around.’

 “What makes you think that I’m only going for the young men who get in there?’

“Well you’ve got to have somebody to warm your bed up haven’t you?’

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