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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Albert and his crew got themselves ready to go out to “The Wreck” Albert put on a white Fred Perry tee shirt and his jeans and a pair of Adidas training shoes.

He had shaved and was wearing old spice aftershave.

It was still raining so they all ordered taxis to take them to the pub.

Elsa and Inga were already there when they arrived and they went to the bar to welcome Andy and Albert.

They got the drinks in then came back and sat at the table where they were the night before.

“Well have you boys thought about what we asked you yesterday?

“Yes; said Andy you can both come aboard my boat if you wish but I’m going to Scotland.

Elsa said that she would go with Andy. Inga looked at Albert who said “You could share my bunk on the Misty Dawn but what about customs?

 “We have our passports with us said Inga.”

Andy asked them if they had heard a weather report. “Yes said Elsa the weather is forecast for clear skies in the morning.

“We will be setting sail as early as possible then because we have to get this fish to market.


It was ten o’clock when Andy and Albert left to go back to the girls flat again by taxi. They told the crew that they would be back around two and to make ready to sail as soon as the weather clears.

They spent the few hours they had with the girls making love. After which the women packed a large holdall with clothes and toiletries.

Who will look after the place whilst you are away said Albert?

My Father has a key I am going to ring him now and tell him. She dialled the number and spoke in Norwegian to her father and mother before hanging up the phone.

“We are ready then.

Andy looked outside and the rain had stopped the wind had dropped as well so they decided to walk back to the boats.

Along the way Andy gave Albert his card with his phone number on it and asked him to give him a ring once he got back.

“Elsa is going to come live with me so you can come and visit with Inga. I have a spare room.

“We would like that wouldn’t we Al’?

“Yes definitely mate.”

Once they reached the dockside Andy shook Albert’s hand again and hugged Inga.

Inga said goodbye to her sister and kissed her.

Look after my sister for me said Elsa as she hugged Albert.

“Got your passport Inga asked Albert as he went down the wooden steps to the boat and helped Inga with her holdall?

“Yes I have it.” 

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