"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


77. 77

The lads were standing on a manhole cover.’

“What in the shit drain?’

“Would you look there, I mean even the police dogs wouldn’t find that lot hid in there.’

“Look I want you to get in touch with a mate of mine he will make me a grate that will fit inside there then this lot won’t get wet and covered in shit.’

“That’s brilliant said Paul Whinham.’

“I’m not just a pretty face said Paddy.’



When Edith arrived at the Percy Main Club Eric asked where Betty was.’

“Aye, where is she said Liz who was now on her third Black Cossack and that was without the two large ones at Anne house.

“She’s not well; woman’s trouble her mam says.’

“Looks like I’m on my own then.’ no leg over for me tonight.’

“Is that all you men think about; said Edith sarcastically.’

“Christ, what’s wrong wi her.’

“I hope that you are not going to have a face like an arse all night I’ve come out to enjoy myself said her sister.’

“I’m only staying for the one drink then I’m meeting Dave.’ Edith looked at Liz who winked at her.’

“The first act was introduce by the concert chairman who was a local comedian called Johnnie Pie,

Around of applause went up as the little fat bloke come on stage.

“His first words were”before you ask, it were me who ate all the pies.’ Which brough a few giggles from the woman in the audience.

“I went to the doctors the other day and I said doctor every time I sneeze I get an erection. “ Have you been taking owt for it like asked the doctor? “Aye said Johnny me wife’s been making me sniff pepper.’ Again the women laughed; not breaking his rhythm he went into his act.

“There were this bloke and he wanted to start a farm see,’ He was talkin’ to a farmer from down the road who told him that pigs were best thing to buy cos’ they lays about fourteen piglets at a time.’ Right say s the bloke its pigs for me then.’

“I tell you what says the farmer I’ve got a sow that I’m selling.’

“Oh aye, how much do you want for it like?’

“I’ll take fifty quid for her but think on, fourteen piglets and if they are all sows then you are going to be up to your eyes in pigs in a couple of year.’

“Alright then says the bloke I’ll take It.’ he pays the farmer the fifty quid. Then asks how he’s going to get it to his farm.

“Look I will loan you me barrow yer can put it in there like.’

“Fine but hold on a minute; how am I gonna get piglets if I haven’t got a boar like?’

“Well I can help you there an aal says the farmer.’ “For another tenner I will let my boar go wi sow.’

“Well how will I know that it’s worked?’

Well if sow is lying’ on its back chewing grass your in, she’s up the duff an before you know it she have piglets.’

“Great says the bloke, there’s another tenner.’ “Well the bloke follows the farmer up the road and he takes him to the pig pen he gets his stick and then shows him Peggy the sow. She’s a big’un isn’t she said the bloke.’

“Oh aye but wait until you see Boris,’

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