The Street Urchin

The Street Urchin is set in North shields and tells of young Billy Phelps a promising young footballer- his father is a trawlerman and has no time for his children or his wife when he meets a Norwegian girl and begins an affair.
The impact of the the marriage break up and triumph over adversity are told in this heartwarming story.


10. 10

Albert walked into the Pan Shop Club around nine fifteen; got himself a bottle of brown then looked around the club for the lads from his boat.

He spotted them in the right hand corner.

“I see you got a pass out then Albert said Alvin Willis?

“Look I don’t need my wife’s permission to go out you know.”

“Oh I we’ve all heard that before said Brian Boyer as he supped on his brown ale.

Right! Said Albert changing the subject; who up for a game of cards then?

“We haven’t been paid yet voiced Tommy Cottingham.

Ah that’s where you’re wrong I did your wages tonight. How do you think I’m late?

A great cheer went up as Albert handed out their wage packets.

They all counted their wages and could see the money through the perforated side of the packet.

Albert had to calculate their tax as well as their wages but they were all happy with what they got.

“Are we playing then?

“Of course they chirped in.

Right go to the bar Mick and get the drinks in said Alvin.

Why is it always me?

“Because you’re here lad said Tony Asiamiah.”

Mick reluctantly got up and went to get the round in

Chris Lorrimer took out his backy tin and took out a cigarette that he’d rolled earlier and lit up as John Asiamiah dealt out the cards.

Albert asked Alvin if he could come down to the Misty Dawn in the morning as he wanted to check the pump and the engine out before they sailed on Saturday.

“No bother skipper said Alvin.

Mick returned with drinks and several packets of nuts but this time he had taken two packets and put them into his pocket before setting down the tray.

The organist was playing away and people began to sing around the club.

Chris blew a cloud of smoke as he set down his hand. I’m out.

Mick said ‘come on lads give me a chance to sort my cards here.”

“Take you time but hurry up then shouted Tommy.”

Mick quickly looked at his cards for a few minutes and folded.

“After all that; you chicken shit.”

“What we playing for by the way said Mick?

“Pound in and two quid to brag said Tony.”

“That’s a pound I’m down already then.”

“Me too said Chris as he took out a crisp pound note and placed it on the pot.

Mick did the same as Alvin put down two pounds and said “I’m bragging boys.”

“Bluffing said Albert and matched his two and raised him another two.

Tommy Cottingham folded then handed over a pound. Tony, John Alvin all stay with it and the pot grew to over twenty five pounds.

Okay let’s see what you got?


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