"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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“Get in the back of the car said Bryn after reading him his rights.’





By eleven Allan was walking over to Steven’s house carrying a bag with his boiler suit inside and some wire and bolt cutters in case they were needed. A navy coloured hat that he used when he was on the rob and a pair of black leather gloves.

It was just after twenty past eleven when Allan reached Stevens house.

“You ready then.’

“It’s still a bit early isn’t it?’

“No it’s perfect, put your boiler suit on and your hat. “ I have a plan.’

“They got in the van and drove to the trading estate where Allan explained what he was about to do.’

“It’s so simple that this might even work.’

“Here give me that clip board and a piece of paper that looks official there. Steven handed him the board and an old invoice.

Being inside Allan had picked up a lot of different accents and his favourite was a scouse accent.

They drove through the main gates in the white van to the gatehouse, where the old man was reading a copy of penthouse magazine. He told Sabre his Alsatian dog to stay as he wondered outside the hut.’

“Alright lads said the old man.’

“Aye alright mate said Allen in his best scouse accent, look we’ve come to collect some tellies and some stereo music centres from the warehouse here can you direct us please.’

I’ll do better than that lad, if you bunk up a little I’ll take you to it.’

“Sound said Allan.’

“Hi,’ I’m George Massey said the old man, How far have you lads come?

“I’m Davey and this is my mate Barry; we’ve come from Birkenhead.

“Quite a drive for you then.’ if you turn right at the first exit then first left there’s a couple of lads on the packing who will help you load the van.’

“That’s great mate.’

Steven drove all the way to where the old man said then he pointed to a little door.

“Wait here lads and I’ll go get the two lads to give you both a hand. The old man got out and walked to the door then let himself in.

“Jesus he’s fallen for it Allan.’

Just keep your gob shut and let me do the talkin’

“That scouse accent is just brilliant.’

“A few minutes later and the delivery entrance was opened. Both Allan and Steven got out and walked towards the entrance. Allan was carrying the clip board as he walked inside and said hello to a couple of lads wearing brown boiler suits.’

“Thanks for all your help lads said Allan.’

“It’s nae bother mate we weren’t doing owt anyway.’

Steven left them then backed up the large van as the two lads jumped onto fork lift trucks.

How many tellies did you say?

“Twenty said Allan.

“It’s very unusual that, they normally take fifty at a time when they come here.’

“Well I could be wrong, my boss’s writing like Chinese can you read it.’

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