It was bang on seven o’clock as the girls walked into the Dun Cow and they headed to the snug where they could get a glass of Amber Ale which they liked to drink. Newcastle Breweries had brought out Amber Ale which was a lot weaker in strength to Newcastle Brown Ale. Janice though could drink either. Being brought up in a house with two brothers she soon became like them and could even fight like a man if need be. They ordered the beers and paid for them then sat down and began to chat about George Barrett when in walked a dark haired young man about the same age as Tommy. He ordered a drink then looked around the snug until he spotted the two girls.
“Bloody Hell Miriam, he’s coming over.’
“Hello would you be Janice and Miriam?
“Yes, said Janice looking the man up and down; she squeezed Miriam’s hand under the table enough to say she had hit the jackpot with this man.
“This is Miriam my friend said Janice; please take a seat next to me.
“Thank you; I’m George Barrett by the way; sorry.
“Yes Tommy told us about you; he said that you had the farm across the road?
“No it’s my father’s farm like Thomas; I work as an auctioneer at the market in Scotswood Road.
“So where are you ladies from?
“We both live in Ashington Northumberland.
“Miriam you sound differently to Janice; is there a reason for that?
“Yes my aunt Ester lived in Kent and she brought me up because there were eleven of us in the family and no room in a three bed roomed house.
“I see, that explains it then. Janice speaks very quickly and it is very hard for me to understand.
“It’s the pitmatic Northumbrian accent Janice; if you slow down a bit I will be able to understand you perfectly.’
Janice tried to slow down but she was so excited at the prospect of meeting George she forgot herself.”
“So what did you ladies do before being roped into the Land Army?
I was a legal secretary for Robinson’s and Haskell’s said Miriam.
“What about you then Janice what did you do?
“I looked after my father and two brothers who are all pitmen after my mother died of pleurisy.
“Why did you choose to leave them to come here?
“Well I wanted to meet different people and I wanted to get away from the arguments in the house.’