"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


8. 8

“Ten minutes,’ I’m gaspin’ for a tab an aal said Betty Dobson.’ Hey you’s lot are yer aal gan to the Percy Main Club tonight there’s supposed to be a good singer on there.’

“What’s his name then?’

“David Macbeth, he was on at the La Strada in Pink Lane in Newcastle last week and he was brilliant.’

“Who’s on with him; some comedian called Bob Monkhouse.’

“Well keep us all a seat if you get there before us.’

“I’m always the one who has to keep seats for you lot. You live nearer to the bloody place than me an aal.’

“Stop your whinging’ woman and just keep the bloody seats for us.’

“Aye and it’s me who gets the first round in an aal.’ “I only drink Babycham said Edith Holding.’

“Lightweight; get a couple of Cherry B’s down your neck that’ll get you going.’

“Knicker droppers’ they call them don’t they?’

“I could walk around bollock naked and wor Alan wouldn’t bat an eyelid.’

“I’ve only got to pull up my bloody stockings and fasten me suspender belt and wor Jackie is chomping t the bit.’

“I was reading in the News of the World that there’s a pill that you can drop in his tea and it gives him some oomph said Liz Elgie.’

“Yer could put a banger up wor John’s arse and he waddn’t budge.’

“Men just diven’t have a clue when it come to pleasing women do they. They just get a few pints down their neck then hop on you and buck a couple of times and its over.’ “Aye that’s true, they fart, and then they are snoring ten minutes later.’ The next morning they have the cheek to say “that was some session we had last night wasn’t it.’ I feel so bloody frustrated at times.’

“There’s something you can buy in the post that is supposed to give you multiple orgasms I read an aal.’

“What’s a bloody orgasm they all said laughing.’

“Is that something you dream about because it’s what I’ve been dreaming about it for bloody years said Betty dejectedly. ‘

“It’s very discreet like, it comes in a brown paper bag.’

“You’ve got one haven’t you Liz, you dorty bugger.’

“Hey,’ diven’t knock it until you’ve tried it.’

“Come on then tell us about it then; does it work?’

“Better than most of your men, it takes two “Ever ready” batteries and lasts for weeks.’

“Send away and get me one; and me they all voiced laughing.’

“How big is it?’

Liz extended both hands to about a foot long as the sex hungry girls looked on in amazement.’

Jesus, how long to they take to come.’

“Never, they stay hard all night. Liz laughed.

“No stupid, I meant through the post?’

“Fourteen days.’

“Two weeks we’ve got to wait.’

 “It will be well worth the wait, It’s the best five quid I’ve ever spent.’

“Right soon as we get paid tonight stump up a fiver and we’ll all get one.’

“They come in all colours as well Liz laughed.’

“What even black ones?’


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