"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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“Look if it’s for your wife I can get you quality stones.’

“I’m not married, it’s for a girl.’

  “If it’s just for a gift then I know someone who makes Diamante Jewellery. “ You wouldn’t know it from the real thing; except its half the price.’

“Okay sort me out a nice necklace and earrings to match.’

Sid took out his wallet and handed Dennis some cash then put it back into his jacket.

“When do you want it?’

“Bring them over on Friday night with the cases.’ I fly on Saturday morning.’ “I will have your cash waiting for you once you’ve delivered.’

The waiter brought over their lunch and Sid looked approvingly at it before picking up his knife and fork. Large grey mullet could be seen swimming around the marina as some young children were feeding them with bits of bread.

“Is your food okay asked Dennis as they tucked into a Chicken Caesar salad?’

“Its nice said Sid who had dined in some of the best restaurants in the world.





Angela Minty was seething when Sid left. Her plan to soften Sid McCullough up hadn’t worked. She went to meet Susan Doherty later that evening at the party. She was thinking of how she was going to get Sid McCullough to treat her better. Angela wanted to be more than just his lover or just some trinket on his arm. Sid liked to show off beautiful women to his friends when it suited him. Sid McCullough was going to have to do some serious grovelling before she would get into his bed again.


Sid was drinking a glass of whiskey with ice when the phone went. He got up and went to answer it.

“Hello it’s me said Angela.’ I’m just calling to tell you that I will be staying here tonight.’

“I’ll see you tomorrow then?’

“I’m working tomorrow.’ I have more guests arriving so I have to be at the airport at 7 a.m.’

“Can’t you get out of it, tell them your sick or something; “I was going to take you to that beach that you wanted to visit then we could go somewhere nice for lunch.’

“I don’t know Sid; “I mean if all you want me for is to look after some apartments for you.’ “I’m sorry but I’m better than that.’

“Look Angela I’m sorry; I shouldn’t have asked you to look after those damned apartments. “ I never was any good where tact is concerned. Please forgive me and let’s start again what do you say?’

Angela’s mood suddenly changed; she knew that she had him.’

“Alright, but if you treat me like that again Sid we are through do you understand?’

“Why don’t you jump in a cab and come over I’m missing my honey bun here.’

“I’ll be over in half an hour.’ Angela Minty had the biggest smile on her face as she reapplied some lipstick and called a cab to come and pick her up.


“Hola senorita, where would you like to go; asked the middle aged cab driver politely.’

“Take me to the Tobago apartments please.’

The driver pulled away up the hill. He kept on staring at her through his rear view mirror. She was used to it and rested her hand bag on her knees so that he couldn’t 

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