The Saturday morning came and the taxi was waiting outside as Brian escorted Alice to the back of the taxi and opened the door They had only one small box with them an a bag of clothes.
“Where are you going to Mr Reid?’
“One hundred and twenty seven Claremont Road please driver.’
“Are you going to stay for a bit with friends?
“No, we are; Alice gave him a kick in the leg.’
“Yes we are Cyril; my husband has got a memory like a bloody sieve; haven’t you dear?’
Aye, empty head that’s me.’
“We are just taking a few things for our Agnes; aren’t we Brian?’
“Aye that’s right Alice.’
“I see well at least you have fine weather Mrs Reid its going to be nice all week.’
The driver turned right past the Chirton Club then headed towards Scorer Street. They passed the North Shields Boys Club and turned left past Tynemouth infirmary and Then passed the church on the corner and up towards Appleby Park Football ground then turned right down Claremont road when the taxi pulled up outside of 127 Both Alice and Brian were totally shocked. “Are you sure this is the place Cyril?’
“Yes Mrs Reid one two seven you said didn’t you.’
“Aye said Brian as he gave Cyril a ten bob note and then took his change before getting the bag and the box out of the boot.
Enjoy your stay then said Cyril Brunton as he pulled away.’
They just couldn’t believe their eyes as the opened the gate there was a lovely little garden in the front with a Peony Rose bush in the centre and flowers all along the borders. The hedge was neatly trimmed and the large wooden door was painted navy blue. Alice turned the key in the door and they walked in.
“My God said Brian it’s a bloody palace.’
“We’ll have no swearing or blaspheming in this house Brian Reid.’
They walked from room to room and were gobsmacked at what Dawn had bought them.
This is like a fairy tale Alice.’
Come and look at this Brian said Alice as she opened the back door to the conservatory and the back gardens with fruit trees, a garden bench to sit on and lawn. There was a small shed and a lean to greenhouse that was south facing.’ Inside the shed were a lawn mower and all the tools that he would need to keep the garden in top shape. I can hardly believe this Alice; that rat hole on West Percy Road to this.
Dawn has done us proud she has. We even have a telly and a radio gram.
Have you seen the twin tub washing machine cooker and fridge?’
“You’re right Brian it’s a palace alright.’
Now get those mucky boots off lad there will be no walking around this house with those on.’
Put the kettle on then and we can have a nice cup of tea love.’
Alice opened the cupboards that were jam packed with food and fresh vegetables. In the fridge there were cheeses and bacon, and fresh ham, on the bottom shelf there was a large joint of beef; a leg of pork, and a leg of lamb.
There were draws and when she pulled them out there was prawns, and salmon, cod,