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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“Yes, I guess so.’

“I think that we should all go out and celebrate; on me of course.’ I know this neat little restaurant where we can see a show’ and have dinner.’

“Okay we will have to go to the hotel and change.’

“Pick you up in an hour.’

Jim went and found Rosina and Dawn who were talking with the producer.’

“Hi, Tony is taking us all out to dinner tonight and to see a show.’

We have to go and change first though so let’s go.’

 Dawn and Rosina said goodbye to Carl Allen who would be doing the album.


Spectacle was a when known place for stars to hang out Oliver Reed the actor was a regular visitor as was Richard Burton

There were also lots of groupies present. Tony was well known and when he entered the girls came flocking over to speak with him.’

“Later girls later, said Tony as he dismissed the girls then made his way to a reserved table.

They all sat down at the table and the waiter came over to ask what they would all like to drink.

“Champagne please; a large bottle we are celebrating.’

A magnum of champagne was brought in a bucket of ice;

“Can we have a jug of fresh orange as well please Simon who knew the waiter well?’

“Of course Tony, right away.

The champagne was opened and Tony poured out the glasses then when the orange arrived poured half into a flute and topped it up with champagne for Dawn.’

One glass won’t harm her said Tony as he passed the drink to Dawn who thought is was so grown up to be drinking champagne.

The first act on stage were the Swinging Blue Jeans a rock and roll band from Merseyside that Tony had given their first recording contract to. The quartet made up of Ray Ennis, Les Braid, Norman Kuhike, and Paul Moss had there first hit “Its Too Late’ which reached the top 30 spot. There biggest hit however was “The Hippy Hippy Shake” which they came out and sang; followed by a cover they did of a Burt Bacharach number called “Don’t make me over’ they then sang “Good Golly Miss Molly’ and “You’re No Good’ before Ray Ennis got on the Mike and asked Jim Gales to join them on stage. Jim played and sang “All I Want Is You’ with them before asking if they would allow his daughter to do her new single.’

“Ladies and Gentlemen we have someone really special here with us tonight who is going to sing her debut single “Broken Hearts Can Never Mend” written by Jim Gales her father, please give it up for Dawn Gales.’

Dawn took to the stage as if she owned it as Jim gave a copy of the sheet music to the lads and they tried a few cords together then nodded.

The crowd listened intently as Dawn began to sing there was no nervousness in her voice and the song was given a huge round of applause.’

After that there was no stopping her as she went through all the songs on her album.

When she was finished the lads all came over and shook her hand.

“Hey for only a slip of a lass you have a good set of pipes on you.’

Oliver Reed and Richard Burton came over to the table and congratulated her and asked if they could have a picture taken with her.’

“Yes, of course said Dawn who couldn’t believe that these two mega stars would want her picture.’

“This is great PR for Dawn.’ Said Tony as the cameraman clicked away

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