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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“You will tell them before you leave won’t you?

“No I will leave that to you.

“Bloody typical aren’t you? You’re a bloody coward Albert.”

“The kids will hate you for this,

“No they won’t; I will see them and explain when I get sorted.”

 “What am I going to do Albert? What will I live on?

“I will send you money for the kids Liz.”

“You mean the pittance you give me now; forget it Albert.

“No wonders I look tired; I never stop from morning until night trying to bring a few quid in to keep this family afloat.

“You’re a bastard Albert and who ever you are with now will soon find that out.

Albert turned then walked towards the house.

“Younger than me is she; prettier than me as well I expect. Well she is welcome to you Albert; you can go to hell for all I care.

Albert let himself into the house but left the door open. He went straight upstairs packed all his clothes took his brief case but left a hundred pounds on the bed before leaving. The kids came to the door and asked where he was going as he got into the van but he didn’t answer them and drove off.


Albert climbed on board the Misty Dawn opened the door to the wheel house that led to his cabin and brought his clothes and brief case. He folded as much as he could; placing them in the small set of draws in his cabin then hung his trousers and the one suit he owned on the rail next to the porthole.

He then went to the galley made himself a cup of tea. He found that Ralphie had made him some mince and dumplings in a small pan. There was a note which read; thought you might be back so I made this for you. See you in the Dolphin later, Ralph.

Albert heated the mince and dumplings then began to count out the wages and put them into their individual packets.

“He ate the food then changed his shirt after a quick wash. He then left for the Dolphin.

“The lads were all sitting at their table when Albert walked in.

He gave them all their wages then went to see Kim who let him through the bar and said he could go up to the flat where Inga was.

Inga was drying her hair as Albert came in he sat down looking terrible.

“You told her then?

“Yes Inga I told her,”

“How did she receive the news?

“How do you expect? She was upset, angry, and bitter all at the same time.

“Do you feel guilt?

“Yes very much so at this moment. Especially with leaving my kids who I couldn’t even tell.


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