EBB AND FLOW

"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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“Boris, whose he like?’

“He’s my boar.’

He ushered Peggy the sow into a bigger pen then brought in Boris the boar who’s had a pair of balls like coconuts. He ran at the sow and climbed on her back and his arse was going like clapper’s.’

Five minutes later Boris jumps off.’

A woman was laughing in the front of the stage and Johnny Pie put in “I diven’t na what you are laughing at.’ “that’s four minutes longer than your husband lasts.’

The crowd cracked up laughing.’

“Where was I? oh aye, any road the bloke takes the sow home and puts her in the pen. “He goes to bed and next mornin looks out the window.’

The sow is doing nothin’ at all.

The bloke is frustrated and rings up the farmer he bought her from and tells him.

“I see said famer, It might not work first time you know; how many times did you try wi you lass before you had kids?’

“Look just bring Peggy back and I’ll give her another go but It’ll cost you a fiver.’

“Christ, that’s sixty five quid I’ve forked out already.’

“Aye but fourteen piglets will fetch far more than that like.’

“Alright I’ll be right over.’

The bloke wheels the sow all the way back to his mate’s farm and the sow is put in the pen again and Boris is led in and sure enough they are at it again. This time Boris takes fifteen minutes.

“What now says the bloke; surely that has worked they were at it long enough?’

“Just like I said; if sow is lying wi it’s feet up in air like chewing grass its worked.’

The bloke takes the sow home in the barrow. He’s knackered with pushing the damn sow about. The bloke and his wife go to bed later that night and when the bloke gets up in the morning he shouts down to his wife who’s making’ the breakfast.

“Hey Mary look out the window will yer and tell me what that pig is doing. Is it lying’ doon wi its feet up in the air chewing grass?’

“No shouts Mary.’

“What the hell is it doing then?’

“It’s sitting in the barrow.’

The place erupted with laughter and Jimmy Pie went on to tell jokes for half an hour before taking a bow and going off stage.

Committee man Peter Leck came on stage with the microphone. “Did you all enjoy that?’

“Yes came back from the floor.’

“I didn’t hear you; what?

“YES, they all shouted.’

 “Great stuff, well now for your entertainment ladies and gentlemen we have a young lad making his debut at the Percy Main Club.’ “Please give a nice warm welcome for Teddy Berg!

The audience clapped and the music began to play to the song “Confessin’ by Frank Ifield.’

Edith stood up and told the rest that she would have to go. She slipped her cream coloured mackintosh on then slid past some of the people going to the bar on her way out.

The cold air hit her as she ran up the street to meet Dave who was waiting outside when she arrived. They kissed briefly and then Edith turned the key in the door and they both went in.

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