"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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Paddy Devlin stood on the door of the Cresta Club with Paul Whinham as the evenings revellers looked for another late night watering hole after the pubs had shut.

The men who all knew Paddy shook his hand and whispered something in his ear.

Once inside John Robson and Mickey Taylor made sure that they were given what they had asked for after they had handed over a fiver each. The Cannabis resin was neatly wrapped in silver foil and then distributed around the club.’ Every one was smoking it.  When the police came in they knew something was going on as the place stunk to high heaven; high being the operative word. It wasn’t long before the police found out that cannabis was being smoked on the premises and it was then that Paddy had to pay the coppers off to keep quiet. Paddy didn’t lose out; he just charged a pound more per wrap to cover his loss. This was all well and good and normal service was resumed until Paddy Leonard found out that Devlin was selling it in other pubs in Shields too.

This was what was known as encroachment. If Paddy Leonard let it go on it wouldn’t be long before Devlin was selling it all over Shields. It had to be nipped in the bud. So Leonard found out where Devlin was stashing his drugs. There was always someone willing to grass up another villain for a few quid. Paddy Leonards henchmen drove to a house in Neville Street in the early hours of Sunday morning and broke down the door with a jemmy. Jeff Lewis was in bed at the time with a bird from the Cresta Club. Beverley Aitkin’s was riding him like a bronco she held her breasts squeezing her nipples until they hardened then leant back onto Jeff’s legs as three masked men burst into the room Beverley screamed and grabbed a blanket to cover her nakedness.  The three men set about Jeff with the lead piping they were carrying. Jeff cried out in pain as they smashed both of his legs and one of his arms as he tried to protect himself.

One of the men took hold of the girl ripped the blanket from her so she stood naked. He bent her over the metal frame at the end of the bed. “Now I’m going to give you something you won’t forget in a hurry.’ He unzipped his trousers and took out his massive member forced the girl to open her legs and pushed it into her. She screamed, as he took hold of her by the hair and began to slap her on her buttocks as he pumped his member into her harder and harder. When he was done he zipped up his flies and left her sobbing away. Jeff was unconscious on the floor as the three men ransacked the house until they found what they had come for. Ten pounds of cannabis resin was put in the back of the car and taken to a safe house.

The next day when Devlin found out he was furious. He sent his men out to find out who had taken his stash. Every known grass in North Shields was questioned until the person who had grassed on Devlin did a U turn to make even more money by grassing on Leonard.

“Who the hell told Leonard where my stash was kept they asked the man who was a well known homosexual who frequented the fish quay and the Golden Fleece looking for Greek and Polish fishermen?’

“How would I know, it could have been anyone.’

“Funny how you know though isn’t it.’

“I overheard some Polish fishermen; they were talking about it.’

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