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.


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Liz let herself into the house to find Susan watching the Beverly Hillbillies

“Where’s my mam?

 “She met a school friend Susan and you know how it is.”

 “She asked if you can stay here tonight rather than drag you over home.”

“I don’t care what she does when she’s out but not in our house.”

I will get you a pillow and a blanket you can watch the television but don’t forget to switch it off and pull out the plug.

 “Thanks Mrs Phelps.”

After bringing down the pillow and blanket from her bed she went into the boys room and checked on them.

They were all fast asleep.

She went into her own room then slid into bed.



  Lizzy got up and made breakfast for them all even though it was Saturday.

“Can we go to the pictures then mam said Billy.

“I suppose so said his mother; she could not deny her children when she had been out herself.

 She went into her purse then gave Billy five shillings so they could all go to the Gourmont. Billy took the money then shouted for Alan and John.

“Come on; mam says we can go to the pictures.”

The boys got their coats and hurried out.

Billy told his brothers that they had enough for ice cream and pop as they stood in the long queue waiting to get in.

Looking around he saw his school friend David Mason who called him over because he was near the front of the queue.

Billy took hold of Johns hand then told Alan to follow him. They got to where David was standing. “Hi Dave, who are you with?

“I’m with my sister Anne.”

“Do you want to come in with us then?

“Yes I don’t want to go back there or we won’t get in.”

The doors opened at eleven o’clock and there was a mad rush to the kiosk to pay their entry fees.

They were sitting near the front where the red velvet curtains trimmed with gold were closed. The usherette came around selling ice lollies, ice cream cups, and Kiora orange in a plastic carton with a straw.

“Three ice cups please.”

“That will be one shilling and thupence.”

Billy gave her two shillings then got his change.

The Curtains opened and the lights dimmed. Everyone cheered as the Pathe news came on the screen.


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