The girl next door

Maxie Forster is a binman who carries out ashes from the coal fires of North Shields the holes in his leather soled boots are letting in water from the rain and he cannot afford to go and take the boots to the cobbler shop in Billy Mill. He tries repairing them with some old lino and cuts the shape out with a stanley knife and glues them with some evo stick then places cardboard in the insides. Looking over the road on his round he spots a family being evicted by the bailiffs - the wagon is loaded with furniture and the woman and her five children stand in the rain as the barrow with everything she owns is pushed down the street.


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over the kitchen on a line. In 1969 Angelina Tomaselli was born then a year later Fredo.

Fredo had no interest in the ice cream business. As the years past and Angelina grew up; his daughter Angelina the now tall pretty teenager loved it and when her father opened his first ice cream parlour Angelina worked there. She would suggest different flavours of ice cream that she liked and the people around did too.

Her mint flavoured ice cream became a favourite among the children.

Fredo became an Engineer which came in handy when the vans broke down.

He had another Italian family working along side him who was called Brugnoli.

Giovanni the young lad from Aspino a small village in Italy where Fillipo had been born knew Gio’s father. He was sixteen a keen as mustard and when Fillipo taught him to drive when he was seventeen he was out every morning after mixing the ice cream in the machines then transferring them to the fridges inside the van.

It was him that rigged up a load speaker in the van and played “Oh sole mio” (The Sun is Mine) as the van went down the streets. This brought children out running towards the van and he sold even more ice cream. Before long, Gio had rigged up the now four vans that Fillipo had so they each played a different Italian tune.

Angelina asked her father to expand the café when she was seventeen in 1986 so that they could sell not only Ice cream but Italian Spaghetti and meatballs in tomato sauce with garlic, basil, and oregano. The spaghetti sauce was made the night before in huge pans that Fillipo had sent over from Aspino. The pasta was freshly made every day.’

The café was packed every lunch time with Italians who lived in Dockwray square along side Greek, Polish, and Scandinavian migrants who had settled in North Shields. Before long Angelina’s spaghetti and meatballs were much sought after and offers were coming in from Heinz and Cross an Blackwell for the recipe.

Angelina sold the recipe for both her Bolognese and Meatballs in tomato, garlic, basil, and oregano for two hundred thousand pounds. She bought her first restaurant called “Bella Pasta” in Grey Street in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1989. Gio Brugnoli set up his own Ice cream business and was doing very well from it. He had met and married Paula the daughter of a friend of his mothers in 1986.


Albert’s Plaice was busy that day as Stan and Albert rushed to get the fish ready to be taken to Lowestoft.’

If yer took on another filleter Albert yer could make mare money than yer are making now.

“Aye but I would have t’ pay him wouldn’t a?’

“Aye,’ but you would still be makin’ a profit Albert.’ I na someone who would come in and work for yer. He was on the same boat as me and wants to work ashore now.’

What’s his name?’

“Chris, Chris Lorrimer, he’s a grafter Albert like me; yer won’t be lookin’ over yer shoulder mate.’

“When can he start?’

“The day if yer want him.’

“Gannan then, give the bugger a ring and tell him to get his arse doon here in the next hour. “ I’m gan back over to the market t’ see what a can pick up.’

Albert jumped onto the popper then headed to the market in the gut. He bumped into Richard Irving, and Harry Fernandez who were standing around as fish were being unloaded. “The Sunfish” and the “Jenny B” had the winches lifting several boxes of prime cod and haddock from the Icelandic waters onto the quay. They were quickly set out and the bidding got underway in earnest.’

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