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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“I will pray for your transgression Douglas.’

It was the first time she had used his Christian name and Paula smiled knowing that her mother hardly ever addressed anyone by their Christian name unless she liked them.’

“You must come to tea sometime said Minnie as she went into the house after Dougie had got out of the back to help her.’

“That would be nice Mrs Beck.’


I will expect you next Sunday Douglas.’

“Thank you Mrs Beck.’

“Good day to you.’ The woman went indoors.

“Right then let’s get these fish boxes and then you can make a start repairing them.

They drove to Bells fish store where Alvin Willis and his brother Bobby were working. There was a pile of broken boxes outside and Alvin told Dougie that he could take as many as he liked.

Dougie had brought a claw hammer and set about taking all the nails out then stacking all the good pieces of timber in the trailer. That way they were able to get a lot more in. After an hour the trailer was full and Dougie secured it with some tarpaulin then they thanked Alvin and Bobby before leaving. They took a shorter route to the boat yard this time and Doug got straight to work using an electric plane plugged in from the mini generator on board. Once the wood was cleaned he nailed each box back together and then stored them all away in the hold. Paula helped him varnish the wheelhouse before they left. Tomorrow he would be back on board the Roaring Venture and back out to sea weather permitting.

Paula came for dinner at Dougie’s house Dougie had cooked a chicken the night before and he made some boiled potatoes, carrots, cabbage, and garden peas to go with it along with a Yorkshire pudding. Using some chicken stock and some corn flour Doug made gravy to pour over the vegetables.’

“You are like a proper house wife aren’t you said Paula as she cut into her chicken breast which was very succulent.’

“I’ve lived on my own for a few years now so it comes second nature to me now.’

“Do you make yourself a dinner every weekend?’

“Pretty much, yes I do.’

“What about when Tracy and her mother were here?’

Tracy never cooked; she would get take away food or a pie from Hoults which we would eat with a tin of peas. More often than not it was fish and chips, sausage and chips, or fishcake and chips if I didn’t cook any thing myself.’

“Well you won’t have to worry there as I can cook most things and bake very well too. “ I make pies, tarts, and cakes for the church.’

Has anyone died yet then?’

“Cheeky she punched him playfully on the arm and then Doug went to grab her and she got to her feet and they chased each other around the house until he finally caught up with her and held her in his arms and kissed her passionately. She threw her arms around his neck and they kissed long and softly. She then whispered in his ear “I love you Douglas Cook.’

“I love you too he replied.’

“I’ve never said that to a single man in my whole life; just my father when he was alive.’

“So tell me how does it feel to be in love?’

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