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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Albert brushed the crumbs off the driver’s seat before sitting down in the car then drove to Evans Hallshaw where he was met by Mr Colin Sarin, after introducing himself Albert followed Mr Sarin to his office. told him that his car was ready for him. He even gave him £50.00 trade in for his old one.

“Here you are Mr Nicholson if you would just like to sign the documentation. Once Albert had done that, Colin led him outside to the parking lot and gave him the keys to a silver coloured 1963 Jaguar.

“This is mine Albert enquired?’

“Yes its all yours, do you like it?’

“Yes, it’s fantastic.’

Albert transferred all of his new clothing and the stuff from the chemists into the boot which had more room than his old one.

“This model has leather up hostelry and it does nought to sixty miles per hour in 3.2 seconds Colin told him.’ He lifted the bonnet to show him the latest in technology in engine power then told him that the car had alloy wheel trims, four doors, and radial suspension.’

Albert slid into the grey coloured leather seat and the smell of the new leather hit his nostrils just like his wallet. He turned on the ignition and it purred like a kitten. He waved to Mr Sarin as he drove out of the parking lot and headed back to the Grand Hotel. Albert couldn’t thank Mr McCullough enough when he saw him He offered him the fifty pounds that he’d got off his old car.

“Keep it Al,’ McCullough said, there will be a lot more too if you keep your nose clean. Now drive me to my house, I’ve a few things I want to pick up before I leave for Gran Canaria. Sid McCullough lived on the Sea Front in Tynemouth it was a large terraced house with four bedrooms. The old Victorian house had been fully modernised inside and it looked more like a millionaire’s paradise. Looking at inside it made his house look like a slum in comparison.

“You have a lovely home Mr McCullough.’

“Not bad is it; this is just one of my homes that I own Al,’ “I have many properties that I rent out and this is where you come in.’

“Me Mr McCullough what do you mean?’

“The flats that I own around Tynemouth and Whitley bay; the tenants all pay me rent you see. “ You will go around and collect the rent from them. “Don’t worry, there are no awkward customers to deal with.’

Here are the books with the numbers and addresses you mark the book from each one as they pay you.’ “There are some you may have to go back to if they are not in.’

“When I come back you can hand over all of the money once you change it at the bank.’ “Look after it with your life Al’ there will be a few grand in your possession.’

“I cannot afford mistakes so make sure that you get the right amount off each tenant. Check and then recheck your balance then put the totals down on each page.

“Yes sir, I will.’

McCullough took the suit cases that Albert had brought in; he took out some whiskey then placed it behind the bar counter in his room. He poured himself one then looked at Al and said I would offer you one but I don’t like my staff drinking on the job.’

“It’s alright Mr McCullough I’m not a whiskey drinker anyway.’

McCullough went into his extended kitchen diner and opened an American fridge and took out some ice and plonked two cubes into a large glass.

Make yourself at home Al,’ there’s kettle in the kitchen if you want to make coffee.’ “I’m going to take a shower and change.’

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