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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My father and I got caught in some pretty bad weather once and we spent the night in this croft; it’s a place were shepherds could bring in the cattle when the weather turned bad. The animals were kept down at the bottom and the shepherd slept above. The heat from the animals kept him warm.

We just made a fire and used the extra food we had until the weather cleared and we were able to get back to the car. “Three days we were holed up in there and dad told me always to make sure that I covered every eventuality.’

“Your father is very wise.’

“Yes he was; he died of cancer when I was thirty.’

“I’m sorry, Gordon he must be a miss.’

“What about your mother is she still with us?’

“Yes but she has Alzheimer’s disease she doesn’t know who I am when I go to visit her. I think her brain just shut down after the death of my father.’

“Are your parents well?’

 Oh yes my mother who is called Alwen works in a bakery and my father Dylan is a coal miner.’ So I was the lucky one in the family as my brother Dai is a professional boxer.’

“Boxer; I will have to watch my Ps and Qs then won’t I.’

“He’s British Bantam Weight Champion is our Dai.’

“You have someone famous in the family as well.’

“He’s going to fight for the world title next year his manager says.’

“You are very proud of him aren’t you?’

“Yes because in Wales where we come from it is very hard to succeed at anything.’

“You must have worked very hard then to get where you are.’

“Yes a lot of burning the midnight oil and sacrifice from both my parents to send me to University in Cardiff.’

“It was all worth it though Tracey; look at you now.’

Tracey cleared the table after they were finished; running the tap the water was soon heated and she washed up the dishes. “Come on I will open that wine I brought and we can go into the living room and curl up on the rug beside the fire.’

Gordon brought the bottles through and opened his Swiss army knife again and took out the corks. He poured out two large glasses of wine as Tracey turned on the radio with some soft music then sat next to Gordon on the rug.’

“When am I going to meet this talented daughter of yours then?’

“Soon, I will have to ring her when I get back; we haven’t spoken since I went to Italy. I went to get away after Dorothy’s death.’

“Does she know about her mother’s affair?’

“No and I don’t want her to know.’

“I understand it would shatter the image that she has built up of her adoptive mother.’

Ralph and Pat know and you that is all.’

“That’s the way it will stay Gordon I promise.’

Gordon kissed her softly on the mouth and it wasn’t long before they were making love again on the floor.


In the studio Dawn had completed the eight tracks that would make her first album.’

It had taken just two days to finish which surprised Tony. Your daughter is the consummate professional Jim.’

“You are both is going to make a lot of money;

“Yes, but so are you.’

“Well, that’s what we’re in business for isn’t it?’

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