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.


25. 25

“Don’t blaspheme Doug.’

“Sorry I was only joking;

“What’s in that bag that you’ve been carrying since I came for you?’

“It’s my clean clothes; I thought after seeing you home then I could walk along to the boat instead of going all the way home. It wouldn’t have mattered; I would have taken you home and brought you back silly.’

“I was thinking of the petrol costs.’

“Never mind she kissed him then opened the tub of walls ice cream then giggled as she took the little wooden spoon an began to eat it.’

“Naughty but nice she said.’

The main feature left them both with an air of caution after Alan Bates gets June Ritchie pregnant, he questions where or not he loves her but does the right thing and marries her. They live in with the mother in law played by Thora Hird. Who plays a splendid role as the over baring mother who resents Alan Bates because of his working class background.

It brought home memories of Tracy and her mother and he was glad that he had been careful and not taken any risks. He went to the local barber shop where Rudy Schreiber always sold condoms. He wasn’t embarrassed when Rudy asked him if he wanted anything for the weekend. Rudy did however give him a strange look when he asked for ten boxes with three in each. Dougie always carried a packet on him just in case.

When the movie finished they put up their seats and made for the exit. Paula had parked her car across the road and they crossed over to it.

“I’ve enjoyed myself today Doug thank you; but you must let me pay the next time.’

 “Not when you have came to pick me up and drop me off.’

They got into the car and drove down to the quayside where they sat looking out at all the boats as the men on board made ready to set sail. Some were in small cobles some in seine netters and at the back the larger trawlers. Doug pointed out the boat that he worked on.’

“Will you call me when you get back?’

“If you give me your number I will yes.’

“She laughed then took out a note pad then wrote down her number.’

He took the slip of paper from her and folded it then put it in his wallet.

“I had better go he said as he leaned over then kissed Paula.’

“Stay safe and I will see you soon.’

“Don’t worry about me said Dougie the Lord is with me.’

“Yes he is.’

Paula waited until he climbed on board the boat then drove away.’

“Well then said Des as Dougie packed his clothes away in the cabin.

“Well what?’  “ How did you and Paula get on?’

“Fine she just dropped me off; we went to the pictures earlier.’

“Did you get a good snog then in the back row?’

“That’s my business.’

  The sheets had been changed and the cabins cleaned. Ron had cleaned the galley from top to toe and the cooker was sparkling clean. Vince had been to the ice factory and the hold was now packed and ready. John made sure all the fish boxes were not broken.

When all was done the Skipper asked the men to unhook the ropes and then they slipped silently down the Tyne ready to face the elements once more.’

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