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This book recounts the lives of thirteen local people, born between 1923 and 1967, who share strong associations with North Shields Fish Quay and the mouth of the river Tyne in Northeast England. All have interesting stories to tell ranging from wartime experiences, fishing for a living, crewing of lifeboats, buying, selling and processing of fish, working for HM Customs & Excise and caring for the local bird life. These are hard-working folk, not afraid to ‘get their hands dirty’, whose important and very physical tasks have helped shape and form our community. Sea and river have coloured their lives, presenting many difficulties along the way. Such people are the ticking heart of Tyneside and help make this region unique.
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Chapter - Kevin Mole
Each chapter starts with a portrait photograph of the subject and an introductory sentence
Each chapter is illustrated with pictures and narrative text. This serves to relate the subject's life experiences and their association with North Shields fish quay, the river Tyne, northeast England and the sea
Chapter - Michael Nugent, fisherman and lifeboat man
Many types of craft are referenced through the various chapters ... lifeboats, fishing vessels, ships, customs launches, airborne lifeboats, whaling vessels and more besides
The chapters describe heroic lifeboat rescues, record catches of fish, wartime exploits, seabird care, merchant navy life, smuggling, buying, selling and processing of fish, etc
Chapter - Eileen McConnell
As well as natural sealife, other fauna features in the book. This chapter includes birds as an essential part of the story. The coast, Tyne river mouth and headland are visited each year by many ... landbirds, seabirds and those of the shore and wetlands.
We discover how Eileen has cared for these creatures, and of her husband's important role with the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade, whose base overlooks the Black Middens in the river mouth.