"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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“I will be in touch.’

Sid thanked Basset for the drink then left the bar he quickly got into the car where Albert drove him back to his house.’


It had been over a week since Helen Lattimer had slept with Jimmy Mulligan. Thomas had taken a week off work he hung around the house most of the day and didn’t go out until eight o’clock each night. The following Monday Thomas returned to work and it was then that Helen rang the Butcher Shop. She explained to James why she had not been unable to come and see him. She told him that Thomas was so incensed with jealousy that he would follow her every movement. Even when she went to visit her mother he would park the car up the street and wait until she came out again. He would also ring from the place where his card games were taking place to make sure that she was in the house.

“Can I come down on Wednesday; I thought we could take a drive out somewhere said Helen.’

“I close at lunch time half day; I could be ready by twelve thirty if you wanted to go somewhere.’

“I thought a drive to Hexham would be nice; we could walk around without anyone watching us.’

“Yes, that would be lovely Helen.’

“Until Wednesday then.’

“I’ll be waiting.’

“Bye whispered Helen whose heart was beating so fast.

Helen couldn’t think of anything else and when Thomas came in from work she was miles away.’

“What’s wrong with you?’

“There is nothing wrong with me.’

“Well you’re certainly not with us today are you?’

“I’m just tired that’s all.’

“You ought to have an early night.’

“Well I would but you keep ringing me up every night from your friend’s house.’

Helen put Thomas’s dinner down to him and then sat with just a cup of tea. Aren’t you hungry?’

“No, I had a sandwich at lunch time.’

“Are you going out tonight?’

“I expect so.’

“I won’t wait up for you then she said.’

Thomas finished his steamed haddock new potatoes and French beans. He pushed his plate away then drank the rest of his tea. He turned on the television to watch the six ‘clock news on BBC. The main news was taken up by the John Profumo scandal. The British Secretary had resigned over his affair with Christine Keeler a teenage showgirl who had links with the soviet naval attaché.

“Disgusting that is, a man of his age with a young girl like that said Helen.’

“Everyone’s entitled to a private life. What he did behind closed doors has nothing to do with anyone else.

“It’s his poor wife I feel sorry for.’ She has to face the press and she’s done nothing wrong.’

“There must have been something wrong with the marriage for him to look elsewhere.’ I don’t blame him one iota.’ “If a man isn’t getting it at home he will look elsewhere.’

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