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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He was about forty yards away from the jag now and Bryn decided to take a detour around some thick wild rose bushes and poplar trees to cut off his escape.

Steven had now only one avenue of escape and if the other cars could get there quick enough they could block his exit and he would be caught.

Luckily for Bryn that there had been a fight outside the Dorset Arms near Station Road and the two policemen had dealt the situation. They got into the police vehicle after getting the radio message and sped off with a blue light flashing. Another car from the station in Wallsend was also on its way. It drove up past the church then the back end of the park then onto the turn off onto a little slip road to where the Hadrian Hospital Grounds were situated. They could see the blue flashing light of the other police vehicle as it was chasing the E Type Jag around the burn. Steven was laughing as he turned around and headed towards the hospital. He could dump the car and head for the sub way then run through the estate to freedom. Then he saw the two flashing lights at each end of the Burn blocking his path he made the fatal error of tuning right to head for Holy Cross Cemetery. There were some allotments there and he thought he could hide out until the police disappeared. When he turned the other police car blocked his path. There was no where for him to go but back the way he had come. Steven swung the car around then drove towards the old ruin. There was a road there that would lead him to St Peter’s Road. He could make his escape there through the estate. When he reached the old ruin he looked in his rear mirror there was no sign of the police car he drove onto the road the Jag was now covered in mud as he made his way onto St Peters Road then along onto Archer street. He weaved his way through the streets turning at Churchill Street then turned right at St Mary’s Church and along towards the Wallsend Labour Club where he parked up and went inside.

Steven had a massive smile on his face as he ordered a pint of Carlsberg lager.

He had found a bag containing several pounds in the glove compartment along with a spare set of car keys which was a bonus. He stood at the bandit after getting his change and began to feed the machine.

 Then after half an hour of playing the bandit he had a game of snooker with one of the punters. He was on his third pint when two policemen walked into the bar and it went all quiet.

The men looked around the room then saw Stephen playing snooker. They calmly walked up to him and asked how long he’d been in the pub.

“Most of the night.’ haven’t I mate.’ Steven looked at the man who was playing snooker with him for assurance.

“That’s right said the man as he took his shot.’

“Really said Bryn; so you weren’t driving that stolen E type Jag outside then.’

“No said Steven then leant across the table to reach the cue ball in the middle of the table. Bryn then laughed as Steven potted the red ball then the black. He was about to take another shot when a pair of hand cuffs were slapped around his wrist.

“What you doing copper, I’ve done nowt wrong.’ 

“Well that wet mud on the back of your jeans wont match up with the mud from the car outside if you’ve done nowt wrong will it. “ You’re nicked.’

The two policemen took hold of Steven then frog marched him out of the pub. “You are in big trouble now; stealing a car, and under age drinking. “ What else have you done; empty your pockets.’

Steven pulled out a wad of pound notes and the spare keys to the Jag fell to the ground as he turned his pockets.

“Well, well, what do you know this kid is a magician an aal. Now you tell me how those car keys got in there lad.

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