"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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“Cheeky bugger,’ alright I’ll see you’s all in there at half past seven.’

Better make that seven o’clock because its going to be packed in there I tell yer.’

The buzzer went for ten o’clock tea break and he girls all rushed out to the canteen. They had to clock in and out and most of the lasses got someone to do it so they could get a seat in the canteen and get the teas in. The girls on the canteen had a large urn full of tea ready and they were pouring them out ready to be picked up as the girls all walked in and founds a seat. Most of the women who smoked went into their pockets and pulled out their cigarettes then lit up. The others munched o a biscuit or mars bar.

“Who’s for the pictures tonight said Anne Colquhoun?’

“I was just saying that; Cliff Richard and the Shadows are on.’

“I don’t think Dave will go to see them said Edith.’

“Well if you tell him there’s a film called “This Sporting life” on with Richard Harris in it he might come.’ lads like owt to do with sport or sex.’

“I’ll ask him but I don’t know if he’ll come.’

“You’s never watch the films anyway do you Edith, Liz pointed out’

“She’s too busy playing tongue tennis with Dave that’s why.’

“Well we never get much chance to you know get close at my house or his.’

“You can use my flat on Saturday night if you like; I’m going to the Percy Main club.’ “Mind you use my spare room not my double bed.’

“Thanks Liz you’re a pal.’

“Just make sure you leave the place tidy will you.’

“I will don’t worry.’

The girls drank their teas then headed back to the factory floor; agreeing to meet up at the bus stop at 6.45pm to go to the Rex.’

“Who’s organising the Blackpool trip this year?’

“It’s normally Sarah Storey from the weavers isn’t it?’

Aye but she hasn’t mentioned owt about going this year.’ Are you all going if she is?’

“Well if I’m not sunning myself on the Costa Del Tynemouth Longsands I’ll go.’

“Well it’s only five bob each, plus your spending money of course. “ We normally ask Liz to put a few bob away for us each week so when the trip comes off we have saved about ten pounds each.

“Liz,’ are you going to be the banker for us?’

“I suppose so.’ I’ll get some card and make you all little books with your names on and how much you’ve put in. and the date you paid it.’

“Well we did that last year didn’t we.’

“Hope that you all bring some food this time and some vodka that we can sly into the bars in our hand bags.’

“Aye and can you remember that cafe we stopped off at on the way down there last time?’

“Aye I can; that randy old bugger who owned it charged us seven bob for a cup of tea and a bacon sandwich. “It was daylight robbery it was.’ “The buns we go had only a small piece of streaky bacon inside and the old sod didn’t have any brown sauce either.’

“Yes I remember him alright said Pat he had a shifty look and came over to our table and kept putting his arm around me.’ His breath stunk of onions an aal.’

“Dorty old bugger said Liz.’ Well let that be a lesson to you all; bring some food with you this time.’ The girls carried on working steadily until lunch time when they went to the cloak room and got their coats then headed down the street to the mobile shop.


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