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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“I didn’t na Agnes had a telly, has she come into some money like?’

It’s one of those slot ones yer na where you’ve got to put the money in to make work.

“Whey we only had it on for an hour.’

How much does that work oot then?’

“Two bob.’

“Two bob?’ that’s a bottle of Broon Ale to me that is.’



“Whey Agnes uses her widows pension to pay for it yer na when hor husband was killed by the Gerri’s during the war.’

“Bloody Germans look at them noo they went to war wi us twice and look at us compared to them lot. We even give them money to get themselves on there feet an aal.’ Whey my Uncle Bob fought against the Gerri’s yer na.’ He was in the merchant Navy and the German’s torpedoed the ship and knackered the rudder so the ship was just gannin’ round and around.’

“What happened to him?

“Whey the dorty bastard’s hit them again didn’t they and the ship sunk. Luckily for wor Bob though he got off and into one of the life boats.’

“How many bobs are in your family like?

“Whey there’s me fatha’, his fatha’ me uncle and me all called Bob.’

“Me uncle was on this Yankee ship on this secret mission that nae body was supposed to na aboot.’

Whey they went on to destroy all the U boats deployed in the North Atlantic using this secret code machine called the ENIGMA. Apparently all the coded messages meant for the Gerri’s were being intercepted by us and we were able to locate the where aboot’s of all of these German subs and blah them aal to kingdom come.’

I’m looking into getting his medal that he was promised after the war was over with.’

“Whey I hope you get then Rob.’

Brian lit the acetylene torch and picked up his welding rods then put on his protective glasses before setting to work.



Alice Reid was excited at the prospect of buying some new clothes. It made a change from buying second hand ones. She went into North Shields and went into the clothes shop in the middle of Bedford Street, Rowell’s sold women’s clothes, she bought a nice warm coat for the winter for fifteen guineas and a summer lightweight jacket for twelve guineas. She could have gone to Bells shop but they were too expensive.

Then she had a look Paige’s shop on Saville Street and bought herself two skirts, four blouses and two cardigans. This cost her twenty two guineas four shillings and sixpence. She then went into Timsons shoe shop and bought four pairs of shoes and a pair of winter boots she got them in a sale at a cost of four pounds seven shillings each. She had spent almost eighty pounds in less than an hour and it felt so good.

She took the bus from Albion road back home with all the bags then hung up her new clothes in the wardrobe. She placed her shoes and new boots into the shoe rack then went and made herself a cup of tea. Alice thought about going to the café situated on Saville Street but thought better of it. She was worried in case that she bumped into one of her ex neighbours and they started asking questions. It then wouldn’t take them long before tongues started wagging and she would be inundated with visitors all coming to have a nebb at her house.’ By telling them she was looking after Agnes it 

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