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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then held out his hand. “Did anyone tell you that you are a hustler?’ Steven took a fiver out of his pocket and gave it to Allan.’

“We played nowt else in the nick mate.’

“I should have known.’

Come on I’ve got to buy myself some new clobber; we can go to the Jungle bar later and pick up a couple of scalley’s. “You’ve got a flat haven’t you Steven?’

“Aye but…

“But what; I’m not shaggin someone ootside in this weather.’ I’ve be locked up for over a year.’

“Look we can get this warehouse done at twelve tonight then drive the van down to the Jungle and leave it over the road. “ You know someone who’s going to get rid of them TVs for you don’t you?’

“Steven nodded

 “Good, We will tell him to meet us in the Jungle and Bob’s you Uncle; job done.’

“Have you got a boiler suit asked Allan?’

“What do we need a boiler suit for?’

“So if we are stopped we can say we are delivery men you numpty.’

“Right; good thinking “Batman.’

“Wear a hat as well in case they have cameras and put some false plates over the ones on the van as well.’ “We can remove them later on.’

They both walked into Summer’s clothes shop where Allan bought two pairs of new Levi’s, a bomber jacket, and four Fred Perry tee shirts in various colours. Then he walked up the road to his mother’s house.

“I will come to your house about eleven o’clock so be ready.’

Allan ran home; he hoped to get his head down for a few hours. His mother heard him come in.

“Is that you Allan?’

“Yes mam,’

“Have they sorted you out with a job?’

“I’ve got to go next Wednesday mam; they are going to fix me up with something.’

“Did they give you any money?

“Aye,’ Allen came into the scullery and gave his mother the fiver he’d won off Steven.’

“Thanks son I wouldn’t ask but I’m a bit short this week.’ you know since your fatha ran off with that cow from the Queen’s Head I’ve had hardly owt coming in.’

“My little fiddle job in that Pakistani’s fish and chip shop keeps me going.’

“Elsie Taws over the road is up to her neck in debt you know.’

“She borrowed thirty bob off the money lender and had to pay back two quid but the following week when he called for the money she only had ten bob to give him.’ Well he offered her another pound and she took it.’ “She doesn’t know what she’s going to do now.’ She’s pawned her engagement ring and her wedding ring an aal.’

“Whey she even bought some gear off Steve the Indian bloke who sells blankets, clothes and such.’ “She sold them for two pound to that Peggy Stewart at number forty six to pay back the money lender now she owes over a fiver; stupid cow.’

“Owt to eat mam?’

Aye,’ there’s some pies and chips in the oven that I knocked off from the chippy.’ “Open yoursel a tin of peas to go with them.’

Allan went into the larder and pulled out a tin of peas then went into the drawer and pulled out the tin opener and stabbed the sharp end into the tin and then began to work it around until the lid came free. He tipped them into a pan then lit the gas.’

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