"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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“I wonder who it was then said Johnny as Devlin picked up the pint glass and forced it into Johnny’s mouth. “ Drink up Johnny, there’s plenty more where that came from.’

Johnny swallowed and swallowed.’

 After twenty minutes the alcohol was now rushing through Johnny’s blood stream and to his brain. He was feeling inebriated.

“Listen Johnny I want you to be a good lad and tell me where Paddy Leonard keeps his stash.’

“I… I… Down’t know that he replied in what was now a slurred voice.’

“Look Johnny you are trying my patience here.’ “Now I’ve been good to you have I not, “I mean did Leonard buy you enough drink to get you pissed.’

“No… he didln’t.’

 “You see how generous I can be?’ come on Johnny I will take care of you, I’ll protect you.’ “Leonard won’t touch you if you just tell me.’

“You…You… promise to look after me cos’ if Leonard were to find out I’m a dead man see.’

“You have my word Johnny.’

Johnny looked at Paddy Devlin through glassy eyes.’ then said it’s… it’s in a lock up.’

“Where, where is this lock up?’

“It’s in Cullercoats.’

“Can you show us where Johnny?’

“If… if you give me a lift home after.’

“Aye, of course we will.’

“Paddy signalled to John Robson to bring the car around.’

Then they helped Johnny to his feet and steered him out of the club.

“It was now just after two in the morning and the streets were quiet as John opened the door an bundled Johnny into the back two others got in behind and Paddy got in the front passenger seat and John Robson drove. They drove slowly keeping to the speed limit in case they were being followed by the police. Driving with the window open they kept Johnny from falling asleep.

Once they got near Cullercoats bay Johnny directed them to the garages. John Robson got out of the car, he looked around then Paul and Mickey forced the lock off the double doors. Inside it was like an Aladdin’s cave with TV sets and Stereo music centres. “We’ve hit the jackpot here lads.’ “You two, go and get on the phone and tell Paul Sales to get up here with his lorry. “ I want all of this shifted tonight.’

Paddy looked all around with a flash light from the car then saw a place in the wall where some bricks were loose. He used his meaty fingers and pulled one of them out then eased out the others. And there it was all of his stash of cannabis and several pounds of Leonards as well.

“Bingo; get this lot into the boot. “ I need to put this in a safe place this time.’

Quietly the boot was opened and then the twenty pounds of cannabis resin were loaded up.

Once that was done they got in and drove back into Shields via the fish quay route they dropped Johnny Froch off at his house first then headed back to the club.’

“Now if you were a copper where would be the last place that you would look for drugs?’

Certainly not in the club said Paul Whinham with a grin, they would search the place from top to bottom first. Even the toilets would be searched.

“Aye but look under your feet.’

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