The River

"The River" tells the story of Connie Francis Boothe who struggles to bring up three children in the damp living conditions on Howdon Road, North Shields in the 1950's Her Husband Richard is out of work and she is nearly seven weeks in arrears with her rent and eviction is looming. She has already pawned two of her mother's rings in order to feed her hungry children. Richard is a bit of a jack the lad who has ducked and dived all his life as a labourer - then he meets Beverly Madison a tall beautiful girl who is seven years younger than him but has had a crush on him since she was only fourteen. he begins an affair until after six months his wife finds out. How will Connie cope on her own after her husband leaves. follow this story of rags to riches - The River is one to read.


9. 9

Well I was just going to have a couple of beers then head back; I’ve got work in the morning.’

Shirley Smith turned towards Richard then said, you’ll have overtime with Beverly tonight if you want it.’

Beverly nudged her friend in the ribs then she got up and brought her drink over towards where Richard was sitting.’

Shirley followed and was about to sit down when Beverly told her to get the drinks in and to get Richie a bottle while she was at it.’

“Thanks said Richie as he emptied the contents of his brown ale bottle into his glass then took a large swallow.

Brenda returned then eyed Beverly as she sat down.’

“My you work fast lad said Brenda as she passed the pint that she’d bought her husband over to him.

Beverly said hi as Brenda sat down.’

“So Bev’ what brings you in here tonight I thought you’d be gallivanting to the club with a man in tow.’

“Well I would be but you haven’t asked me yet.’

“Richie smiled then took out his backy tin and began to roll a cigarette.’

“You got a spare one Richie; I’m gaspin’

“Richie expertly rolled her a cigarette then held his lighter for her so she could inhale the smoke which she blew out sexily.’

“Oh that’s good.’ So are you going to take me to the club tonight then or what?’

“Hey I’m a married man you know with three kids.’

“Come on Richie; you haven’t been in here with your missus in years.’ Don’t tell me everything is all rosy in the garden in yor hoose.’

“So what if it isn’t?’

“Well I will put a big smile on that sorry looking face of yours.’

“Will you now, well I think we should go to the Catholic Club then as the “Body Snatchers.” are on tonight.’

Shirley returned to the table with the drinks and then asked if they were going to a club.’

“Yes, we’re going to the Catholic Club.’

“Well I hope Ritchie has friends in there so I can get fixed up.’

Shirley wasn’t as tall as Beverly she had a small up turned nose but she was attractive looking with big brown eyes that were emphasised by a pair of false eyelashes.

Beverly was tall and long legged which Richie liked. She was wearing a mini skirt and he couldn’t keep his eyes off her as she crossed and un- crossed her legs fully aware that Richie was watching her. Beverly was very beautiful she was only twenty five and could have the pick of men around her own age but she had had a crush on Richie since she was only fourteen. He was extremely handsome she thought, he was tall slim and his mop of wavy hair and piercing blue eyes gave him that gypsy look.

He was ten years older but didn’t look his age.

Richie finished his cigarette and stubbed it out in the glass ash tray which had a blue star in the centre.

Richie thanked Shirley for the beer then poured some into his glass.’

“Richie knew it would be a cheap night as the girls were drinking lager and lime.’

He had a few quid in his pocket as well as the fiver that Connie had given him so he knew that he was alright for money.’


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