The River

"The River" tells the story of Connie Francis Boothe who struggles to bring up three children in the damp living conditions on Howdon Road, North Shields in the 1950's Her Husband Richard is out of work and she is nearly seven weeks in arrears with her rent and eviction is looming. She has already pawned two of her mother's rings in order to feed her hungry children. Richard is a bit of a jack the lad who has ducked and dived all his life as a labourer - then he meets Beverly Madison a tall beautiful girl who is seven years younger than him but has had a crush on him since she was only fourteen. he begins an affair until after six months his wife finds out. How will Connie cope on her own after her husband leaves. follow this story of rags to riches - The River is one to read.

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Where are they Alan and Tommy are playing on there ne bunk beds that I picked up for ten pounds at Pallister’s today.

“You got a bargain there didn’t you they are over a hundred quid to buy new.’

“I’ve scored for a fridge and washing machine as well for twenty quid each. I had to dip into the rent money they gave me love but you won’t mind will you. You get paid next Thursday and I will pay it off then.

Richard didn’t argue because he knew he had over a grand coming and that would more than pay for what was needed in rent.

Richard went to the boy’s room where they were playing with some toy soldiers that Connie had bought them from Pallister’s for five bob. Hi boys are you alright said Richard guiltily.’

“Yes dad, we like our new beds they are great don’t you think. “I bagged the top bunk said Tommy.’

“I’ve got to go out tonight so I’m going to jump in the bath then out alright.’

“Alright see you later. The boys carried on making imaginary noises as they used tanks and bazookas to blow up imaginary targets. Richard went into Margaret’s room where she was playing with her friend Kate from three doors up.

Hi Margaret.’

“Margaret ran to her father and he grabbed her up in his arms and kissed her on both cheeks.’

“Where have you been daddy I missed you.’

“Well I got a job but I promise this weekend we can all go to the picture house how’s that.

“Can we daddy, can we really and can we have pop and ice cream?

“Yes, princess you can.’

“Promise daddy.’

“I promise darling and you can bring Katie along too if you want.’

“Oh that would be lovely daddy thank you.’

“Thanks’ Mr Boothe said Katie with a big beaming smile.’

Right I’ve got to go in the bath darling. See you later okay.’

“Alright daddy.’

Richard made his way to the bathroom with a towel then ran the hot tap and then filled a sink with hot water and began to shave. He unscrewed the razor and placed another Wilkinson Sword blade into the recess then screwed it back up. He lathered his face with old spice soap then using long strokes he removed the stubble from his face. He rinsed his face in clean water then looked in the mirror. He took out his tooth brush and spread some toothpaste on it then brushed vigorously. Until his teeth sparkled. He poured some Radox Bath Salts into the water then swirled them around then added some cold water before undressing and stepping in. he lay back in the water to ease his now aching muscles.

 After ten minutes he shampooed his hair with Voseen then washed his body with Palm Olive soap. He quickly rinsed his hair with warm water from a jug kept in the bathroom then using the same jug rinsed off the soap from his body.

He stepped out onto the bathmat and began to dry himself.

He used a deodorant stick under his arms and splashed old spice on his face. Then he put on a red polo necked light jumper and a pair of Levi jeans he wore a pair of red nylon socks and a pair of suede shoes. He put his watch back on and his signet ring with the small ruby in the centre that his mother had bought him for his twenty first birthday.  

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