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.


21. 21

I’m waiting for one said Hannah as they marked the three page book.

“Come on!

“What number asked Lizzy?

“Twenty six is what I need, please God let me win she said out loud.

“Four and six; forty six; said the caller through his microphone.”

“Two and six, twenty six.”

“Here shouted Hannah.”

One of the committee men came over to check the ticket with the caller to make sure that it was correct.

“How much have you won Hannah?

“Forty pounds I think.”

The committee man came back with her ticket and placed her winnings on the table then gave her back her book.

That house is correct ladies and gentlemen; your next game is on a blue ticket.

Hannah picked up the money and stuck it in her purse. I’m glad I won that because I missed my rent man last week and I’m in arrears.

“I would have shared with you other wise Lizzy you know I would.”

“It’s alright Hannah forget it.”

“Well you have your own house and Albert is making good money isn’t he?

“We do alright said Lizzy; she didn’t tell Hannah that without her part time job and the hairdressing she did after work she wouldn’t have enough to buy anything; let alone go out.

The second game commenced and Hannah took a sip from her lager and blackcurrant.

“Lizzy thought to herself that she must have this out with Albert; he seemed as if they didn’t exist anymore. They rarely went out these days and when they did it was never on their own he always met up with the lads; she was left on her own all night whilst they talked.

“Five and two fifty two;

She tried to remember the good times when Albert was just a deck hand he took her everywhere and never left her side. She meant the world to him then.

“Four and eight; forty eight.”

“Here Liz; youv’e got that one look.”

 She marked off the ticket oblivious of the game.

“Two and nine, twenty nine.”

The fact was that she was bored with being a house wife, cleaner, then having to work in “Florries Hair Dressers” trying to scrape a living whilst her husband swanned off until all hours and treated the house like a hotel.

“On its own; number five.”

 “Liz you’ve got it!

 “Here shouted Hannah; everyone looked over as the committee man came across and took the book.

“Having a bit of luck tonight you two ladies; aren’t you?

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