The Ridgalite

The Rigalite focuses on the People who lived in Marina Avenue in the Ridges Estate in North Shields. Eddie Saint owns the Roaring venture a trawler moored at the fish quay- his crew work hard and play hard - one of them is Ron Lee a young lad who has aspirations of becoming a rock star. He was in the Royal Navy on board the HMS Illustrious as a trained chef before joining the trawler boat. The lads all tell him that his songs are crap because they don't wan't to lose a good cook. The story also tells of two rival shop keepers- Ronnie Hancock and Billy Burston have been each others throats for years- read the comic antics of both men. "The Ridgalite is an insite of life in the early sixties on an an estate with high unemployment and little hope - where every day is a constant struggle. There are some though who prove that if you have hope then dreams can come true.


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Ron Lee came on to a thunderous cheer and he broke into “When the boat comes in.”

Then his guitar began to play the intro to “Into the Darkness” which all the lads knew having heard Ron sing it over and over on board the boat. It sounded even better with music and backing vocals from Barry Smith, Paul Caffery on Rhythm Guitar, and Stan Taylor on drums.

“Hey these are really good.’

“Don’t tell Ron that; he’s our cook on board the Roaring Venture and he cooks a mean curry.’

The way he sings he isn’t going to be your cook for long.’

“When he sang “Hell Hath No Fury” The lyrics seemed so poignant to his latest situation. He would tread carefully as the words said. Dougie knew at that moment that he would never go back to Tracy; it was over between them now. He couldn’t stand taking orders from one woman let alone two.’

“With Paula he felt relaxed; there was no pressure on him to make conversation and there weren’t any embarrassing silences. He had found common ground with Paula she was likeable. At the bar Des asked how he was getting on.

Great matey; I really like her.’

Good; listen me and Betty are going to leave you after this one alright. You will be okay.’

“Don’t worry about me Des, I will be fine.’

“Just gan canny; yer na worra mean?’

“Okay mate I will.’

She hasn’t suggested another date or owt yet but who knows.

“Just wait until you show her your moves on that dance floor, she will be all over you like a rash.’

They walked back with the drinks and sat down as Ron started the intro to “Love is a Four Letter Word.’ “Let’s dance said Paula as she took his hand and they got into a clinch. He held her in his arms as the music played and he felt as if they were meant to be, everything just seemed right she looked up at him and he looked down at her and they kissed for the first time and her lips were warm and soft. She was the first to break away but she gasped and told him that he could kiss.’

“Plenty of practice on the bathroom mirror he joked.’

“Thank God for bathroom mirrors is all I can say.’ Around and around they danced to the song until it finally came to a stop and they sat back down.’

“So tell me Doug what do you like to do on a Sunday?’

“I like to walk along the coast actually.’ Its strange being a fisherman; when you are at sea you look to the land and when you are on land you look to the sea.’

“Well tomorrow we will look out to sea shall we?’

“Alright I would like that.’

“Where do you live I will pick you up.’

“Do you drive?’

“Yes, I passed my test two years ago now; I drive a blue Ford Anglia.’

Dougie gave her the address written on a beer mat. She placed it in her hand bag then told him she would pick him up after church.’

“You go to church.’

“Yes; I’m a Christian does that make a difference. Are you a catholic?’

“No prossy’ but I haven’t been inside a church in ten years.’

“Did you lose your faith?

“No, I just got out of the habit of going once I started work.’

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