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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The next morning Dawn was up very early she looked out of the window and it was going to be a lovely day again she thought as she fixed her hair and got ready in a blue dress white socks and black painted leather shoes.

She ate some rice crispies for breakfast then ran up stairs to clean her teeth.

Bang on nine o’clock Jim drove up in his red sports car he got out and waited he was wearing a pair of flared jeans and a red polo necked sweater with black platform boots. “Here he is mum I’ve got to go see you both later.’

Dawn ran out of the house and Jim smiled.

“Are you ready for an adventure princess?’

“Yes, I’m ready.’

Jim opened the door to the open topped convertible and Dawn got in. Both Doreen and Gordon were watching out of the window as Jim turned the car around and drove away.’

“I hope that your mother and father weren’t mad at you when I took you to the fair yesterday.’

No they weren’t, but mother got mad because I ate junk food.’

“Junk food, Man you cannot beat a nice hotdog with tomato ketchup and a drizzle of mustard.’

“I know I love them too.’ I won’t tell her the next time.’

“Here I bought you some shades to wear so you would look cool, but we are going to have to buy you some cool clothes; man your mother dresses you up like a doll.’

Jim drove around until he found some shops that were open that sold fashion clothes for girls.’

“Come on let’s get you kitted out and bring you into the swinging’ sixties princess.’

They went into the shop that was just called “Hip”,’

“Hi Man, can you like fix up my daughter with some modern clothes?’

“Sure man what would you like?’

Well ditch that dress and get her some flared jeans four of those long flowered dresses and some flower patterned tops you have; and give me two pairs of those platform boots as well In a size five.’

“We will take a couple of those hippy hats too.

Jim paid for them and then waited until Dawn went to change.

“When she came out both the shop keeper and Jim applauded. “ My you look beautiful now take that ribbon out of your hair and put on your hippy hat.

Dawn took the ribbon from her hair and let the curls loose the hippy hat was placed on her head and she looked in the long mirror.

“Now that’s my girl said Jim; let’s hit the road. She put on the sun shades that her father had bought her and she felt grown up. The boots that she had on took some getting used to as they had four inch heels and made her look very tall. Jim took the coastal route towards the quayside then drove down the bank past Irving’s and the fish cake factory. The smell was a bit strong as they passed the guano works on the right then as they reached the bottom of the bank Jim turned left and came to a halt

“See that building over there just beside the old low light there.’

“Yes, what is it?

“That’s the old kipper House where your mother worked.’

“Can we go in and have a look Jim?’

 “Yes,’ but not for long mind or your clothes will pong.’

Jim walked in and asked to be shown around there wasn’t anyone working today apart from the smoker who kept watch on the kippers that had to be kept in longer for the Norwegians who liked their kippers done longer for a stronger flavour.

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