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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He’s so easy to talk to Pat there haven’t been any embarrassing silences.’

Well take it slow with him Tracey; don’t forget he’s just lost his wife.’

“I will don’t worry but he doesn’t look his age does he?’ I thought he was about thirty.’

“Is that a good thing asked Pat.’

“Its certainly a plus put it that way.’

The men returned with the wine and the glasses were refilled the conversation continued until eleven thirty when the bar staff began to clear tables.’

“I think we are being given a gentle hint said Pat.’

“Well I need to use the toilet before I go anywhere said Ralph and again Gordon followed him.’

“Are you glad that you came then Gordon?’

“Yes, I’ve really enjoyed myself; to be honest the night has gone over so quickly.’

“Time flies when you’re having fun my friend; but you have the whole day with her tomorrow.’

“Yes, that’s if I haven’t bored her to death by one o’clock.’

“Play it by ear my friend and allow her to do the talking; you know how women love to talk.’

“Yes as long as there are no embarrassing silences we will be okay I think.’

“Just relax old chap and enjoy yourself.’

They washed their hands then headed to the front where the girls were sitting in the back of the hackney cab. I’ve told the driver where we are going Ralph; we will drop Gordon off first then Tracey. Well you could all come back to my house for a night cap if you like?’

I think not said Gordon; if I have to pick this young lady up in the morning.’

We are going hill walking and I am going to take my camera along.’

“So are you a photographer Gordon asked Tracey.’

“It’s been a passion of mine since I was a boy I’m afraid.’

 “That’s good because you can teach me; because it’s something I would love to be good at.’

“Game on I think said Ralph.’

“Don’t ask him to get his photo albums out mind Tracey or you will be looking at them for a whole week there’s that many of them.’

“I would love to see them but not tonight she laughed.’ I am looking forward to getting my hiking gear on again.

“Been a while has it then asked Pat.’

“Yes at least three years.’

“Don’t worry, said Ralph you will soon be back in the saddle again.’

Pat kicked Ralph’s leg then asked if she’d climbed many hills.

“Yes, I’ve climbed Snowdonia and walked along the Northeast countryside in Wales. I’ve even walked the borderlands and coastal routes of Anglesey, Barmouth, and Flintshire.

“Really, I’m impressed said Gordon.’

“Have you climbed many then?’

Yes, I was out with my father every weekend rain, hail or shine.’

“When I show you the photos that I have collected over the years you will see.’

“Now you know what I mean when I say it will take you a week to look through them all.’

The cab pulled in outside of Gordon’s house and Tracey looked out at it.’

“Nice house you have Gordon yes it’s very big, too big for just one person.’

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