"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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“Do you think Liz would mind if we borrowed a couple of glasses; I brought some wine over?’

No she wouldn’t mind Edith went to a glass cabinet then brought out two wine glasses then went to run them under a tap.’

“Is there a cork screw in there Edith?’

Edith looked in the cutlery drawer and found one; she brought it in. The fire was still burning as she took off her coat and placed it on the chair and came and sat on the sofa. “We could put the telly on she said nervously as Dave poured them a glass of wine.

“Dave went to kiss Edith again when she sat back down. Something kept stopping her from letting herself go. She knew what it was; it was Betty.’

“Look said Dave; we don’t have to do anything if you don’t want to.’

“I’m scared that’s all Dave; I mean I’m only nineteen and I don’t want to get pregnant.’

“I did bring something with me to use you know, but I’m not forcing you to do nothing.’ “I mean we can just sit and watch the telly I don’t mind.’

“To be honest I’m as nervous as you are.’ I haven’t you know done it with a girl since I lost my leg.’

 “I was worried that people might think that I’m a freak.’ “Some girls like me but when I comes to you know; sleeping with them they have been a bit evasive just like you are now.’

No, no Dave it has nothing to do with your leg honestly.”  “You won’t laugh at me if I tell you something will you?’

“Of course not Edith, why should I laugh?’

 “The truth is I’m a virgin Dave. “ I’ve never been all the way with anyone.’ I’m a nineteen year old virgin.’ “I was never the best looking girl at school and all the other boys went for Anne, Liz, and Betty.’ I’ve never really had a proper boyfriend until you came along.’

“Look Edith I’m not the best looking bloke in the world either.’ “I mean who would want a one legged man for Christ sake.’

“I do said Edith.’

“Come on then lass let’s do this, “I’m not going to dump you once we have slept together you know.’ “I know that it might take a few times before we get it right but we have the rest of our lives to work it out. “ I mean that’s if you still want me’

“Of course I want you; you great lump.’

Dave stood up and they both walked to the spare bedroom. Dave turned on the light then drew the curtains then turned towards Edith who looked beautiful to him in the glow of the small light. He touched her hair then stroked her cheek then kissed her lips. He kissed her top lip then her bottom. They were soft and inviting.’

Edith had been kissed before by Dave but not like this; somehow it felt so different he undid the zip of her dress and let it fall to the floor she was wearing a silken slip under it and he gently eased it down. She was now standing in her underwear as Dave undid the first two buttons on his shirt and then Edith hands moved to the next and undid the rest. He was wearing a white coloured vest and he had like a harness over one shoulder that his false leg was fastened to. She slipped it over his shoulder and it rested on his waist then she unbuckled the black leather belt around his waist.

All the while Dave was stroking her ever so softly and kissing her neck. She felt so strange and every part of her body tingled with an excitement that she’d never felt before. His trousers fell to the floor and like her he stood in his underwear. 

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