"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


69. 69

Aye, you said that last time an aal.’

“Tell you what make the tea and I’ll buy you a bacon sandwich at ten o’clock.’

“Make it a steak pie and you’re on.’

“Go on then said Tommy.’

Norman put down his knife then when to the sink and ran the cups under the hot tap then filled up the electric kettle and plugged it in.

“He quickly emptied the old tea bags in the bin and popped in three more.’

He picked up the paper and sat down opened it to the sports pages and began reading it whilst he waited for the kettle to boil.

“Where we all going tonight anyway asked Norman Kaye?’

“I diven’t know; I could be on a promise tonight said Rob.’

“Aye, on a promise to shag your best mate more like.’

“Piss off Norman; at least I have a lass; you’ve been shaggin’ a bloke for twenty years. ‘

“What do you mean by that like you cheeky little sod?’

“Well she wears the trousers in yer hoose so she has to be a bloke.’

“Yer bastard, I’ll kick yer arse for yer.’

“You and who’s army.’

“Phil came out of his office; then shouted enough! “Just get on with yer work or sod off the lot of you.’

“I never said nowt said Tommy Cottingham.’

“It’s the same old shite every day wi you two.’

“Can yer not just try and get along.’

“He called my missus a gadgy boss.’

“Well she is isn’t she?’

The rest of the lads cracked up laughing.’

“Well you can stuff yer steak pie up yer arse. Make your own teas.’

“Awe come on Norman it were just a bit of fun mate.’

“Norman, “I’ll have two sugars in mine and a little bit of milk said Phil as he went back into his office.’

Norman walked into the back of the shed with a sulk on his face he turned off the kettle which was now boiling and poured the water into the pot and stirred it.

He finished reading an article about foreign women wanting to come over to England to find a husbands from Russia. There was a picture of a young Russian girl in a bikini she was a right stunner and as he shouted the lads to come and get their tea and showed Tommy the article.’

“What do you think of that then mate?’

“Giz a look said Rob.’

“No you’ll go blind.’

“Giz a look of her man, gan on Rob pleaded.’

“Jesus, have you seen the thrupenny bits on her.’

“Look at him he’s horn bound now.’

“If I had a lass like her I waddn’t get out of bed for a month.’

“She’d kill you in a week.’

“I would die happy though.’

“Aye they’ve printed that picture there but I bet they are all built like the shot putters you see in the Olympics, with big arses and hairy arm pits.’

“I thought you had a bird anyway said Norman as he walked up the stairs to his boss’s office.’

“I have,’ but I might just write away to see what they offer me.’

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