"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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Allen stepped outside with a big grin on his face he now had nearly £68 pounds in his d the giros in.

He then went to the Neville and had his first pint since his release. He’d forgotten how good the taste of it was and it went down very quickly.’

He ordered another just as his mate Steven Patterson walked in. The likable lad who was always up for a laugh stood next to him in the bar.

“When did they let you out?’

“Just this morning they let me out sooner than I thought.’ “I’ve just been to the bloody dole to sign on.’

“I must have just missed you; what you up to then?’

“Nowt I’m just havin’ a few pints.’

“Want a game of pool then?’

“Aye go on then.’

“Do you want a pint?’

“Are you flush like.’

“I got a fifty quid cheque for a clothing grant.’

“You lucky bastard, I thought you looked a bit scruffy.’

“I keep these clothes when I’m short and tell them down at the dole I need some money for new clobber cos this is all I have to wear.’

“They give you it an aal.’

“It’s worth more than fifty pounds to the government if they can get the likes of me into work.’

“Are you going straight like?’

“Am I heller’s like?’

“Look I’ve been casing this job but it will take two of us; there could be a bit in it for use if we can pull it off.’

“Christ I’ve just got out and here’s you trying to get me locked up again.’

“Are you in or not?’

“What’s the job?’

“A warehouse on the Trading Estate; I’ve got a big van but I need you to break in and we can then help ourselves.’

“What’s in the Warehouse?’

“Brand new tellie’s and radio grams; we can get some of each in my van and flog them for a couple of hundred quid. That’s a hundred quid each?’

“What’s the security like?

“One old bloke with an Alsatian dog but he doesn’t come out of his hut much.’ “This is easy money Allan. What do you say, are you in or what?’

“When are we doing it?’

“Tonight if you like said Steven as he potted a red ball and went on to win the game after clearing the table. Allan looked on as the black rolled into the top right hand pocket.

“Play you for a fiver said Allan?’

“A fiver, you’re on mate; I break off though.’

Allan was now on his third pint of Exhibition and feeling good. Steven broke off and left an easy opener for Allan who walked around the table weighing up his options.

“Come on; who the hell do you think you are “Alex Hurricane Higgins or summick.’

Allan doubled the yellow into middle bag and dislodged another off the cushion then potted that then took on a long one into the corner pocket. The sound of the ball hitting the back of the pocket told him it had gone down and the white came to a halt where he wanted it. He then went on to pot another four balls as well as the black and 

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