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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began to sing; never had the song been sang so sweetly and with every emotion put into it. The tears streamed down her face as a camera flashed away.’

When she was finished she waited until Tony gave her the all clear sign before she stood up and got a tissue from her coat and dried her eyes.

“That was marvellous said Tony Husband.’ Now can we add some harmonies?’

The song was played back and Jim showed her how to harmonise.

Again they went for a take and Dawn picked it up without a hitch.

By eleven they had laid down the vocals.

Now Dawn, can you work on the intro a little bit. Remember this is a sad song and this should be reflected in the opening bars.’

Dawn played around for fifteen minutes then told her father that she had it.

“Alright then Tony lets go for it. Dawn began and the music just flowed and she even changed the ending slightly. When she had finished Tony put his thumbs up in the air.

By lunch time they had added the bass and then they took a break. When Tony sat at the table in the canteen after bringing them all burger and chips with teas and coffee’s he produced a contract. “Would you like to sign a five year contract with us Dawn?’

“My father is my manager Mr Husband; speak with him.’

“I see; well we are offering you a good deal Dawn and it’s a one time offer that we are putting on the table.’

“You do not need your father’s consent to sign this contract; here just read it and let us have your signature at the bottom.’

“Look I’ve told you I don’t sign anything without my father looking at it first and then a lawyer after that. If you don’t want me that’s fine; my father has other interested parties.’

“How much are you putting on the table here?’

“More money than you have ever dreamt about; how much is your cut and who will own all of the rights to my songs?’

“Well I can see we cannot get one over you Dawn.’

Her father returned and Dawn told her father that Tony had asked her to sign a contract.

“How long for Princess?’

“Five years.’

Jim picked up the contract and scanned it then passed it back to Tony.’

Well see that figure you have there; you can triple that and we want a two year deal and that means we own all rights to everything including sales abroad.’

Tony opened his brief case and brought out another contract and handed it over to Jim.

“We thought you might not go with that one so I had another drafted. I hope that this one meets your approval.’

Jim scanned the document and then smiled. “Now we are talking business Tony.’

“Will she sign?’

“I need time to discuss this with Dawn; give me an hour and get your press men up here.

I also want a twenty piece orchestra working on this song which you will cover the cost of. All interviews and television deals will be Dawns exclusively understood?’


Right give me time to explain everything with my daughter then we will see.’

Tony got up and told them that he would be in his office when they were ready.’

Jim waited until Tony Husband had left before he told Dawn that the deal they had offered was a good one. Good job I didn’t sign the first one isn’t it?’

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