"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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could last them for at least five years if they spent it wisely. A one way ticket to Spain was about twenty pounds and they could find cheap accommodation anywhere.

Food was a give away out there as each restaurant tried to under cut the other for business. Allan looked at his watch it was now four twenty three in the morning. Soon they would be on a plane in the warm sun of Spain and living the life they’d always wanted.



The girls came out of the picture laughing as Dave Cox cracked another joke,

“You are still coming down to the King Street Club tomorrow night aren’t you’s.

“No, said Dave we are going to the Percy Main Club aren’t we Edith?’

“Some bloody mate you are going to see some crap comedian at Percy Main.’

“Got you said Dave with a cheeky grin on his face as John Bridgett chased after him trying to boot him up the arse.’

“Whose for a bag of chips tonight then asked Liz?’

“The lot of us I should think said Jack as the all strolled down Heaton Terrace.’

“I’ll be glad when the summer comes; this damp weather does nowt for me said Pat Holding.

I’ll soon warm you up come here said George Bowen as he chased Pat down the street.’

The rest all ran down and got into the queue hat had formed outside.’

Giz a tab someone I’m gaspin said Edith.’

“Time you bought some I think said Betty.’

“Shurup you, you’ll get it back when I buy some tomorrow.’

“You had better in all mind.’

“I said I would didn’t I.’ what’s wrong wi you anyway twisty face.’

“Nowt’s wrong.’

“Come on you’ve had a face like an arse all night what is it.’

Betty took ten Woodbines from her bag, she opened the packet then handed one to Edith then the two of them crossed the road and sat on the wall. Betty struck a Swan Vesta match. She lit he own cigarette and cupped her hand so her friend could light up hers. Betty took in a lungful of smoke held it for a second before exhaling.’

Then she turned to her friend and told her that she was late.’

“Christ Betty what are you going to do?’

“I don’t know, but I don’t want kids yet Edith I’m too bloody young to be tied down.’

I’ve seen what it’s done to my mother.’ “Old before her time she is. It’s the Club on a Saturday and Sunday if she’s lucky wi one drink aal night and the rest of the time stuck in the bloody house. It would drive me mad that Edith.’

“Look,’ my mother knows a woman who can take care of it for you.’

“How much will it cost me?’

“It’ll cost you a tenner.’

“Will you come with me?

“Aye, you know I will.’

“Alright tell her I’ll come around on Saturday night.’

“Well me and Dave were going to go to Liz’s house but I suppose it won’t take that long.’

“What do they do to you like?’ 

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