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.


23. 23

Doreen drew all the curtains inside the house whilst Dawn put on the television set.

They were on the news as well as Jim Gale’s interview was broadcast.

Doreen heard him say if it were your daughter wouldn’t you try to get her back.’

She went to her husband and told him.’

“I don’t think he is going to stop at visitation Gordon; he wants Dawn back and I don’t think he will stop until he does.’

Don’t worry Dorothy; Dawn is quite happy here with us she has a stable environment and two people who love her as if she was their own.’

I just don’t want to lose her that’s all.’

“You won’t as long as I draw breath darling I promise.’


Watching the news that night were Alice and Brian Reid they both looked at each other as they saw who was being interviewed.

“So he’s the father is he; well I’m going to find him and when I do his life will not be worth tuppence.’

“I bet he’s worth a bob or two as well being a pop star an aal’

“Aye whey he owes us big style and he’s gonna pay for the death of wor Heather.’

“I will get my mate Bill the police sergeant to make a few discreet enquiries for me.’

Brian lit up a cigarette and threw the match into the fire after lighting it up. He took a satisfied puff of it then blew out the smoke.’


When the Saturday morning came which her birthday a limousine was pulled up outside. Jim was carrying a huge teddy bear with a gold ribbon wrapped around it and a hand full of birthday cards one for every year since she was born. Gordon opened the door and Dawn went out to meet her father.’

“Happy birthday Dawn said her father as he handed her the teddy bear and the cards.’

“Can I put these in the house before we go?’

“Yes, of course you can.’

Dawn ran back and then ran to her room and put the huge bear on her bed then ran back down stairs again and closed the door behind her.

She got into the back of the limo as it slowly pulled away.

“What do I call you said Dawn?’

“Call me Jim.’

“Where are we going Jim?’

Well I thought for our first time together I would like to take you to the fair at the hoppings in Newcastle. Have you ever been before Dawn?’

“No, I’ve never been before.’

“Well you are today.’

The limo sped up the coast road towards the Town Moor.

“Here I bought you these you had better put them on because it can get pretty muddy up there.’

He opened a bag and gave her a pair of Wellington boots that were red with different coloured spots on them. Also in the bag was a transparent mini umbrella.

“Just in case it rains he said.’

As the limo got near to the Town Moor the sounds of music could be heard and people screaming.’

“So tell me Dawn, what do you like to do; I mean apart from having fun with me that is?’

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