"Ebb and flow" which is centred around the Charley Clays Clothing Factory during the early sixties. The story focuses on different kinds of life in North Shields at that time - There's Helen Smith the young woman who dreams of a better life for herself, she wants to live like the rich people. When she marries Thomas Lattimer who is a wealthy banker she discovers that the life that she wanted is not all it was made up to be. Jimmy Mulligan who works for Hoults the butchers, lives over the road with his parents he has been in love with Helen since they were at school together. He tells her of his love and that he will wait for her no matter how long it takes. Allan Forster has been in and out of Borstal for petty crimes he dreams of one big job that will net him enough money to live the high life - He gets involved with Paddy Leonard a notorious hardman. A power struggle takes place in North Shields for supremacy. Paddy Devlin another bouncer, come gangster is running a protection racket


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“What you got Pat?’

“Egg and tomato on some French loaf.’

“Got no English bread like; what about crisps to put in wi them?’

“Aye, I’ve got six canny bags of Tudor.’

“What flavour?’

“Cheese an onion.’

“Go on then I’ll have one said Maggie Davison.’

Anybody got this mornings paper?’

I’ve got the Daily Express if you want to read it shouted Mr Amos the factory foreman.’

“What’s wrong wi the Daily Mirror like asked John Bridgett.’

“It’s only good enough to tear up and us as bog paper.’

“What’s so good about the Express like?’

“Well if you’d like to know it has a better news section unlike the Mirror with its scantily clad women on every page.’

“What’s the matter does your lass not like you ogling them like, I mean lets face it she’s no oil painting is she.’

“You mind your tongue lad.’

“What you going to do like Granddad; hit me wi your walking stick.’

“I’ll have you know I was one of the fittest recruits in the army.’

“When was that then, was it when Emperor Hadrian was just a foot soldier in the Roman army.’

Just ignore him pet, he not worth it said Amos’s wife.’

Someone passed down a Daily Mirror and John looked at the sports section.’

The town are playing Leeds United this afternoon.’

“Home or away?’

“Away stupid; do you think I would be on this poxy trip if the town were playing at home.’

“I don’t know do I said Liz, I don’t go to football matches.’

“Well we’ll have to change all that.’

“What’s so good about watching a football match?

“Just a bunch of poufs’ chasin’ a ball around the pitch said Norma.’

“What! I will have you know that football is a real man’s game, and the atmosphere in the ground when yer standing in the Leases’ end chanting for your team is electric.’ “Whey there’s nothing like it in the whole wide world.’

“The only things I like about football are doing the treble chance and spot the ball.’

“You don’t know what you are missing.’

“Giz another beer will yer said John all this negative talk about Newcastle United is not good for team moral.’

“Team moral, for Christ sake they are miles away man; they aren’t going to hear us on this coach.’

“They might not hear us but they can feel the negative vibes.’

“What a crock of shit said Norma.’

“I believe it anyway.’ John passed the beers around again and he bit the top off another bottle then swallowed half of it. Dianne Decker went around with a domino card and it was soon filled in.’

Dianne shook a bag with dominos in it then asked some one to pull one out.

“Five two’s your domino said Dianne as she peeled away the strip of paper to reveal the number next to the name which was 4763218 Amos.’

Dianne called out number 11 and Amos put his hand up and shouted “here.’

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