The Seagulls Song

A young woman discovers she has breast cancer and tells her friend and neighbour- her son is a promising young footballer and his father likes a pint or three. Get the hankies ready when reading this one.


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Geordie said he would call in later; he usually got in from work late. Meanwhile Jeff, Isaac, and Terry took off their jackets; putting them over the seats at the table they were sitting at as they began to dance around the room. They all had a great sense of rhythm as they were all boxers from the North Shields Boys Club. They would not stop for three hours using the music as a training session. Jeff Sharp, Arma, Tony Asiamah, and the rest of the football team had got changed and sat around. Rob and John Kelly, Billy Giles, and his brother Barry would all show up. This was the place to be on a Friday night. The sound of “Tiger Feet” by the group Mud got everyone up on the dance floor. Irene Glass who helped out at the club behind the canteen was kept busy serving drinks, crisps, and sweets. Her son and daughter were part of the judo team.

Georgie stayed until the disco finished then made his way home with the rest of his team. Terry walked up the road with Jeff, Isaac and Geordie who turned up about 9 o’clock.

Tom sat in the bar with his friends minding his own business when two women walked in one of them he recognized; he got up from his seat and said hello and told them that the lounge was next door.

“You are Tom aren’t you?


 “I’m Sandra, Sandra Porterfield from “Ralph Gardner School; I was in the netball team when you played football.

“Look, give me a second will you?

“I will get my friend and we will join you in the lounge; women aren’t allowed in the bar.”

Tom went back to where Keith Heads was sitting and told him about the girls.

Keith was up like a shot; he grabbed his bottle of Brown Ale and his glass and headed next door.

Tom introduced him to Sandra; who then introduced Keith to her friend Alice Walker.

“So Tom what have you done with yourself since leaving school.

“I took on an apprenticeship with James S. Pearson as a bricklayer and I’ve been there seventeen years now.

“What about you Sandie; can I call you that? I always knew you as Sandie at school.”

“Sandra laughed; you know I haven’t been called that for fifteen years.

“I’m sorry.”

“Don’t apologize Tom, I like it.”

 “Your accent has changed a bit since I last saw you.

“Yours hasn’t said Sandie  laughing.”

“I live in Huddersfield now Tom; it is a little village about half an hour from Sheffield.

“What do you do there?

“I teach at the college on Suffolk road in Sheffield it’s on the A64.

“Excuse my ignorance Sandie; can I get you and Alice a drink?

“That would be nice thanks.

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