The Skin Shop

The story which is semi autobiographical tells the story of Ralph Mason Growing up in Collingwood Terrace in North Shields in 1948. it is a story of Hardship, poverty, love, and friendship just after the Second World War. Some names have been changed and I have used some poetic licence to bring the story to back to life as some of the places talked about in this story are no longer with us. "The Skin Shop is one boys journey into manhood.


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“Stop it John, the Watter is freezin’ cold.’

“Cut it out you two in there shouted Jack Mason or I will clip you round the lugs.’

John wouldn’t give his brother the towel to dry his face and kept on flicking it so it made marks on his brothers back.

Ralph yelped out in pain as the towel lashed against his skin.’

“Stop it in there will you.’

Ralph grabbed the towel and proceeded to try and get his brother back. He caught him a good one then said now we’re quits.

John grabbed a knife from the drawer and cut the plate pie into four pieces and the boys tucked into it. The pie was still warm and the gravy ran down both their chins as the bit into it.

The first piece was eaten in under a minute and the next was quickly into their hands.’

“Did you get my Eagle comics back off Terry when you went to see him asked John?

Aye; I put them on your bed.’

“Has he got anymore for us to read?’

“Aye I got the Topper and the Beano from him.’

“I bags the beano first then Ralphie.’

“Suit yersel, I read it on the way home anyway.’

Once the pie was eaten the boys then cleaned their teeth with some Gibbs SR before saying goodnight.’

“No noise in there mind.’

“We have comics to read dad.’

“That’s good but make sure you aren’t staying awake too long. Young boys like you need sleep in order to grow.’

“Goodnight said the boys who kissed their mother before going down the passage to their rooms.

Ralphie got into his pyjamas then grabbed the comic and slid into bed.

Reading the front cover Ralph saw Mickey the Monkey trying to make himself a glass of orange juice- trying to cut into the orange in order to peel it squirting him in the eye. Ralph chuckles as he sees Mickey then wearing a swimming mask as he peels it then walks back to his chair by the fire. “Thud! Mickey slips and the juice goes all over him.

Next page Ralph began reading Beryl the Peril. John was reading Dennis the Menace.

It was way after eleven o’clock when they both went to sleep.’



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