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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“Okay,’ where’s this lock up?’

“It’s near St Oswin’s Avenue in Cullercoats.’

Allan downed his drink and said “okay let’s go.’

The three men left the Jungle then drove the van down to Cullercoats looking out for policemen not that they would be stopped as police were used to seeing long distance lorry drivers and large vans out at night.

 

It took the three men just under an hour to unload the van then the man went inside the house and came out carrying an attaché case and gave it to Steven.

“Open it said Allan, I want to count it.’

“It’s all there I assure you.’

“I still want to check if you don’t mind.’

Steven opened the case up and there in neat rows was twelve thousand pounds all in small denominations. Allan thumbed each stack of notes before closing the lid then walking to the van.

“Nice doing business with you said Steven as he got into the van.’

“You’re not very trusting are you Allan?’

“People like him are always trying to rip people off; we have to be careful Steven.’

“I just cannot believe we made six grand each tonight in just three hours.’

“What ever you do don’t put the money into a bank account and don’t keep it in the house either and don’t go splashing money around until the heat is off. Every copper in North Shields is going to have his ears to the ground looking and listening  it we make a mistake they will come down on us like a ton of bricks do you hear me?’

“Yes Allan,’ relax will you.’

“We are looking at five years in prison if we are caught so just think on.’

Spend the money wisely.’ Go out with a five or tenner at most; that way you won’t get tempted to go mad. Money does strange things to people. I know Steven; I’ve seen it with my own eyes.’

“What do you suggest?’

“I’ve got an idea, “We take a holiday to Spain; we get on a train to London and fly direct from Heathrow. That way they won’t be looking for us leaving from Newcastle airport and we won’t be on their radar.’

“When do we go?’

“Right now Steven.’

“Now,’ but what do I tell my mother and father?’

“Tell them the same as I am going to tell my mother and that is we’ve both got jobs as holiday reps in Majorca for the next six months.’

“You think of everything said Steven as they drove to home grabbed their passports then were gone in less than ten minutes. Allan grabbed his new clothes and a small hold all and stuffed the clothes inside. Both Steven and Allan’s parents were asleep and never even heard them come or go. Steven drove the van to Tynemouth station to pick up a train to Newcastle. Steven parked the van up a back lane and left it there. He removed the false plates from the van then found a large skip containing old chairs and an old bed, cardboard boxes full of other household rubbish and placed them inside right at the bottom along with the two boiler suits and woollen hats and gloves.

Then the two young men bought a ticket to Newcastle Central Station. They sat in the station waiting for the train to arrive. Allan rolled them a cigarette each and they sat with a satisfied look on their faces as they inhaled the lit cigarettes and let out a long stream of smoke. Both men had more money than they’d ever had in their lives. It 

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