Breaking the chain

Heather Reid a sixteen year old girl is found collapsed in Howdon - she has run away from her home on West Percy road North Shields, because she is pregnant. She is taken to Willington Quay Maternity hospital where upon she gives birth to a baby Girl that she names Dawn because the dawn was breaking when she was giving birth. After complications set in Heather dies of Toxaemia and her father will not bring up a bastard child. Dawn is adopted by two university lecturers - follow her story as her real father seeks her out and a court battle ensues. this is a tragic story that will have you reading until the end.


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That night both Travis and Dawn slept in separate rooms.

Travis’ parents arrived and his two brothers as well the next morning; Rosina did Dawns hair and Dawn wore the dress that Abigail had worn for her wedding along with silver heeled shoes.

Rosina loaned her the string of pearls that she was wearing and Abigail gave her a blue garter. She looked beautiful as she left the hotel in a horse drawn carriage paid for by Travis the glass carriage with gold let everyone see how beautiful she was.

 Two white horses pulled the carriage along.


Travis and his brothers waited in corridor with Gordon and Tracey, Mick Garrity and Paul King arrived as well as Ralph Mason and his wife Pat. At five minutes to three they entered the ward where Jim had been moved to, to accommodate all the guests.’

An organist played as Dawn came down the corridor and then stood either side of he father’s bed. Her father had tears in his eyes as the vicar stood at the base of the bed

and began the service. “Who giveth this woman?’ There was a silence as Jim then opened his eyes and looked at Gordon before they both said together “We do.’

“Travis Conrad Davis do you take Dawn Gales Hart to be you’re lawfully wedded wife.’

Travis looked at Dawn and said “I do.’

“And do you Dawn Gales Hart take Travis Conrad Davis to be you’re lawfully wedded husband.’

Dawn looked at Travis and said I do.’

The rings were placed on each of their fingers as they made their vows together then the vicar announced “By the power vested in me I proclaim that you be husband and wife together. He who hath married let no man put asunder Amen.’

Travis kissed his bride.

Dawn looked down at her father and there was a big smile upon his face.

That would be the last memory of him; he passed away peacefully later that afternoon. They all left the room quietly as the vicar spoke some words over Jim’s body. They all went back to the hotel and had a drink in honour of her father.

They raised their glasses as Dawn said to Jim Gales; fly free daddy; until we meet again.

“Until we meet again they repeated.’


Two weeks later Jim Gales was laid to rest on top of Heather Reid and his name added to the gave stone. The funeral was a private affair as the press had respected her wishes and given her time to grieve. Dawn returned with her husband to Arizona to the ranch. She never gave an interview for a year after her father’s death. On the anniversary of her father’s death she released the song with Mick Garrity and Paul King as the Dune Tunes Farewell tribute “Just for a little while” which went straight to number one in countries all over the world.’


 November 1980

Dawn Gales Hart Davis gave birth to twins; a boy and a girl who she named James Gordon Davis and Heather Rosina Davis. Dawn continues to write and produce records she spends every week end with her family. She rings her father every night to ask how he is. Gordon and Tracey have been over to the ranch and they still spend Christmas day all together as a family.

“She has never forgotten the privileged life that she had and now runs a charity for adopted children of mothers who have died during childbirth.

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