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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Billy, Alan, and John were getting ready for church; their mother was fixing her hair then put on her coat. “Come on you lot we are going to be late.”

The three of them came bounding down the stairs.

“Here said their mother here’s tuppence each for you to put into the offertory plate.

“Don’t forget your manners.”

“Yes mam.”

“Right lets go.”

As they were walking up the road to Christ Church on Albion Road; they met Hannah and Susan who were also going to church.

“Praying for forgiveness are we Hannah said Liz laughing.”

“Shut up you.”

“Your knee’s a going to bed red raw this morning.

“They already are she winked.”

“Hannah Victoria you dirty mare.”

They walked through the church yard and into the church where the smell of incense hit their noses. They took their seats at the back as the first him was sung. “Oh Jesus I have promised.”

Then father Thomas sermon was read out “Go Thy Way a Mother’s Deliverance.”

Resonated around the church hall; then the second hymn was sung.

Liz passed the hymn books to her sons and pointed at the hymn number.

“How Great Thou Art” was sung with the choir leading the verses.

After receiving the Eucharist the offertory plate was passed from person to person.

Billy, Alan, and John placed their money on the plate. They crossed themselves and bowed as they left the church.

Lizzy wanted her sons brought up in a Christian way, she had gone to church herself as a child, this had taught her morals and ethics of society. She hoped it would do the same for her sons.


Once the boys had changed into their old clothes again they were allowed to play out in the park along in Dockwray Square.

Their mother gave them a bottle of Villa dandelion and burdock pop to drink between them and a piece of Battenberg cake.

“Don’t let John climb too high mind, said their mother to Billy.”

“I won’t.

“Right then off you go but you must be back no later than six o’clock for your bath for school tomorrow.

“But mam we were in the bath last night.”

“Cleanliness is next to Godliness said their mother.”

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