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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 And I am going to make you the happiest woman alive.’ Francis leaned over and kissed Alan unashamedly as the children all returned and sat around the table.

“This is going to be the best Christmas ever said Alan.’

“Why asked Margaret?’

“Because your mother has just agreed to be my wife,’

“Does this mean I get to wear a bridesmaid dress?’

“It sure does sweetheart said her mother.’

“Will Alan come to live with us in our house asked Tom?’

“The house is mine anyway said Alan so now your mother will not be paying rent.’

 

 

“I think your mother is going to be one well off lady; I will sell the apartment or even let it out which will bring in a steady income. Then we will modernise the house a little so that we can all live together as a family.’

“Do we have to call you dad asked Tom?’

“No; you already have a father; I am not trying to replace him I just want us all to live together as one.’

“So will Cynthia become my Grandma?’

“Would you like her to be Margaret?’

“Yes I would and I would like my friend Katie to come and stay over at weekends.’

“I’m sure we can arrange that. Now; I have only one rule and it is this.’

“No matter where we are or what we are doing on Friday evenings we all gather around this table and we discuss any problems that we have okay? Then we all go out to dinner as a family. No one will be left out in my house because I believe that a good ship is a happy ship agreed?

“Agreed they all replied.’

 “Right then finish your drinks and let’s get some presents.’

 

 

November 24th 1962

Beverly Madison and Richard Boothe were married in a simple ceremony attended by Jimmy and Frankie Culyer, Tony Atkins, who agreed to be his best man and Jackie Thompson. All the nursing staff and two doctors attended from Tynemouth Jubilee. His two sons and his daughter sat at the front as both Beverly and Richard declared their love for each other.

They spent one week in Benidorm in Spain before returning home to North Shields as man and wife.

On the 4th of June 1963 Connie Francis Collin’s was picked up in the glass carriage as Alan promised and they were married in Holy Saviours Church. She looked like a princess in the beautiful designer dress. There were over two hundred guests who came to the reception at the Grand Hotel. Alan flew off with the whole family to Disneyland where they spent to weeks touring America as a family.

Francis Collins McCabe was the happiest woman alive as she lay in the arms of the man whom she loved with every ounce of her being.

 

 

 

 

The end

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