Fish Quay Folk of North Shields

by Daniel M Turner

Available from 1 December 2014. Book Price £12.99 plus £3.77 p&p (Royal Mail Signed For service) for UK orders - see Place a book order page. There are also some local outlets holding stock as well as the publisher (see Contact page).


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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.

Book features

  • Full colour photographic book
  • Thirteen chapters
  • 180 pages
  • More than 35,000 words
  • 210 photographs: including 29 in black and white and 154 by the author
  • Featuring five paintings by local fisherman and artist Michael Smith and two by Seahouses artist Douglas Rutter
  • Reference list and acknowledgements
  • Book size 250 mm x 200 mm in portrait format
  • Each book sale includes a donation of 50 pence to Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station

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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 - Jackie Weatherstone, retired seaman and fisherman


Illustrative pictures and photographs vary from small in size to full page


All pictures come with explanatory titles and captions; all are credited appropriately


Around the pictures the text weaves the story of each subject's life

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.

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