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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When Albert awoke he looked straight out of the window but the weather was worse now than earlier this morning. Inga was cooking breakfast for him as he went into the bathroom to wash.

Inga passed him a tooth brush in an unopened packet.

He cleaned his teeth then came into the kitchen area that was twice the size of his at home. The copper pans were all hung on rails and the cooker had two ovens. There was a large oak table in the centre of the room with six wooden chairs. The kitchen floor had polished slate tiles.

“Please sit said Inga I make tea.”

“Lovely I could murder a cup of tea.”


 “Sorry it’s a Geordie Expression Inga.”

“Who is this Gordi that you talk about?

“Albert laughed before he answered, no a Geordie is someone born on the river Tyne.”

“Do women give birth on the river?

“No but houses that surround the river.”

“Oh I see.”

He ate his breakfast as Elsa and Andy came into the kitchen.

“Morning they said as they sat down.


“What’s good about it mate have you looked outside?

“Yes and I cannot see us sailing today. Have you got the weather on your television Andy asked?
“We do not have television only a radio.” Could you put it on so we can get an up date on the weather?

“Inga turned on the radio which was in Norwegian but she was able to tell Albert that the weather front was going to last at least until tomorrow. We must leave tomorrow or the fish we have caught will defrost and will be worthless on the market.

“How long will it take for you to get home?

“About two days.”

Albert waited until Andy had finished his breakfast then asked if Inga had a telephone to ring them a taxi so hey could get back to their boats.

“We meet later Andy said Elsa?

“Yes in the Wreck about seven?

“Will you be going Al’?

“I’ve nothing else to do; so yes I will be there.”

The taxi pulled in and Albert kissed Inga and thanked her for breakfast.

Albert got into the front seat and waited for Andy who was still kissing Elsa.

When he eventually got in he said man that was some night wasn’t it?

They waved as the taxi sped off with its windscreen wipers belting out a rhythmic beat.


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