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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The kids were excited as the first cartoon came on it was Woody Woodpecker

Then Droopy but Billy liked Sylvester the cat and Tweety Pie.

The first picture was John Wayne in The Alamo about Davey Crocket and a few locals defending a fort against the Mexican army. After the movie the lights came back on for the interval.

 Billy took John to the toilet then bought three bars of highland toffee.

He gave one each to his brothers as he took his seat again. The second feature film was Julius Caesar Roman Britain with James Mason.


When the film was over there was a mad exodus for the exits.

Billy was clever her walked along all the seats finding money that many had dropped in the darkness.

He came out with two shillings and six pence.

“Come on let’s go home and go fishing.”

“Mam isn’t going to let us go fishing when we have been to the pictures Billy said Alan.”

“Why not we only have to get changed and go we can get some chips later if you’re hungry.

They ran home to ask their mother if they could go only to find she was over the road talking with Hannah.

Billy ran over to where his mother was sitting on the wall.

 He interrupted the conversation to ask if they could go fishing and kept on at her until she relented. Here is the key let yourself in and get changed first.

“We will be back for eight mam, bye.”

 “You look after john and Alan mind.”

 “I will.”

“So it was off again they all went this time they were able to get a couple of pieces of mackerel and took it to one of the filleters and asked if he would cut the fish up into small chunks for them and wrap it in some news paper.

He gladly obliged them because he knew Billy’s father.

They found the place where they usually fished then quickly got their lines in the water after baiting up.

The North Sider and South Sider tug boats were out in the middle of the Tyne.

There must be a big ship coming in Alan. They tied their lines to a cleat before walking down to the end of the pier. They could see the ship in the distance and waited until it was close enough for the tugs to secure ropes and guide it down the Tyne. Billy loved ships like his father he would watch The Leader, Neptune, and the Jupiter sail up and down the river.


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