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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Alan and John came around the table and hugged their mother. Liz fought back the tears as she put her arms around her boys.

Billy washed the bowls and cutlery placing them on the draining board before telling Alan and John to get them selves ready for school.

Liz got her self ready so they could all go out at the same time as she didn’t want to be walking out alone in case someone stopped her in the street because they knew that Albert had left them. Once at work she kept busy until it was time to leave.

She hurried along to the solicitors and waited to see Mr Tony Garrity.

She had an hour with Mr Garrity who explained what she would be entitled to and the help she could get from the social security.

She agreed to allow Mr Garrity to represent her. Lizzy Phelps filed for divorce on the grounds of adultery.

Mr Garrity said that the process could take up to two years if Mr Phelps challenged the courts.


Liz left the solicitors knowing that she would have a fight on her hands.


Billy seemed uninterested in his school work; he stared out of the window.

Carl noticed and went over to his desk. Is everything alright William?

“Yes Sir.”

“Well you have been sitting there for half an hour doing nothing.

“I’m sorry Sir what are we doing?

“You are copying what I have written on the black board.

“Right Sir.”

“Alright then get on with it.

Billy put his left arm around his book took the pencil in his right hand and looked up at the black board at the heading. “Who is your hero?

Billy’s first line read my hero is my mam; she does so much for my brothers and I at home.

She works hard; cleans, cooks lovely meals. I love my mam very much.

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