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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“Well if he cannot get up for a world title shot then he doesn’t deserve to be in the same ring as the champion.’

“He will do it I’m sure of it.’

“Let’s hope so said Tracey or I will kick him where it hurts.’

Alwen had made a nice bowl of Cawl a traditional meal in Wales Pronounced (Kaul) it is a broth made with beef and vegetables and is very similar in taste to Irish stew Cawl meaning mess or sea of soup in Welch. It derived from Portcawl and was a very hearty meal. “This is delicious Alwen; you must lend me the recipe.’

“You like to cook then Gordon.’

“Yes it is a passion of mine.’

“Gordon has been on many cookery courses in Italy and France mam.’

“I will write out the recipe for you and the method in which a good bowl of Cawl is made. It was handed down to me by my Mother and hers before that. You will not find a better recipe in all of Llandudno I tell you Gordon.’

“I wouldn’t argue with that.’

“Would you like some more?’

“If you don’t mind Alwen we had little in the way of breakfast this morning as we left the Lake District to come here.’

“So the visit wasn’t planned then said Alwen as she refilled Gordon’s bowl.’

“I will have more too mam said Tracey; it is not that often I get the chance to eat a nice bowl of mam’s cawl.’

“It was your daughter’s suggestion that we pay you a visit as we were only five hours or so away. It would have been seven and a half from my house.

“You want to see the size of it mam, it is huge with beautiful gardens.’

“I have a few acres at the back where I grow everything I need and a twenty by twelve green house where I have a grape vine.

“He grows his own wine too mam.’

“You are a very resourceful man Gordon, I like that.’

“Do you grow leeks Gordon asked Dylan?’

“Yes I grow most vegetables that I utilise.’

“I will show you my leeks tomorrow down on my vegetable plot.

“I have won many prizes for my leeks.’

“These I must see then.’

“Hold on I will show you some photos.’

 Dylan disappeared and then brought back a wooden box where upon he opened it and took out some photographs.

“Looks like you have been showing your leeks for many years.’

“I started growing my first leeks with my father when I was just seven years old.’

Dylan handed him some photos to look at and some of the finest leeks that he’d ever seen were shown to him.’ These ones were twenty two inches in circumference.’

“No shortage of soup in this house then. Geordies as we are called down in Hollywell where I am from; but anyone who lives on or near the River Tyne is referred by this name. They make a leek pudding made from muslin and it is boiled for an hour in a huge pot and served with a broth made from Lap. “This you will have to cook for us tomorrow said Tracey.”

My Da’ will bring you everything you need when he shows you his allotment garden.

Well if your mother will permit me to use her kitchen I would be more than pleased to cook dinner for you.’

“I will watch you Gordon, said both Tracey and her mother.’

Is there a butcher shop nearby?

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