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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Georgie walked down the street to his house to see the neighbours who were all out at their doors which he found odd.

As he opened the gate he saw that the front door was open he went in and saw his father.

“What’s up dad; why are all the neighbours out.”

 “Sit down son I’ve got something to tell you.”

“Where’s mam?

“She died this afternoon son; she didn’t tell you, and she told me not to say anything. She had cancer and it was incurable. She was given eight months to live and survived only three weeks.

“Can I see her said Georgie whose tears were streaming down his face as his father got up and held him in his arms?

They both went into the bed room together Georgie took off his shoes and laid beside his mother on the bed. He kissed her cheek and wept silently as Tom left him to be alone with his mother.



Tom waited until after Georgie’s birthday party at the Collingwood Youth club before the funeral took place. Everyone turned up at his party after reading about his mam in the Evening Chronicle which said. Britain’s biggest bingo winner loses battle with cancer. Tom took the microphone to thank everyone. Paul Decker who had given his time for nothing; as had the caterers and everyone else who helped make Georgie’s party so memorable.

On the Tuesday afternoon the sun came out as the hearse came and took Margaret’s body to the cemetery to be cremated. Nearly everyone who knew Margaret turned up to see her off. Georgie had chosen “Candle in the Wind” by Elton John to be played which he loved. As the curtains closed around his mother coffin Tom put his arm around his son’s shoulders and they both said goodbye together. Yvonne and her husband Nigel were the first to come over and hug both Tom and Georgie as they stood in the portico thanking people who had turned up. Keith Heads, Ray Rowley, Jim Smith, and his boss Jimmy Pearson shook hands with them both; Jimmy told him to take as much time as he needed before returning to work and that his wages would still be paid. 

The wake was held in Chirton Club which went on all afternoon and into the night. It was after ten when both Tom and Georgie returned home. They both felt a sense of emptiness as they walked around the house; Tom expecting to see his wife and Georgie his mother.

Tom said goodnight to his son as he walked to his bedroom and closed the door.

Tom sat in the arm chair where his wife used to sit and thought about all the good times they both had together.


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