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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Tracey made them all a good breakfast before her father and brother left for work.’

“I will say goodbye then said Dylan and Dai as they left please don’t leave it too long before we see you again.’

“I won’t don’t worry about that.’ I’ve really enjoyed myself.’

Dai turned then made off on his run and Gordon shouted for him to win that title.’

Dai put up both arms in victory then carried on running up the hill.

Dylan got into his car and drove to work.’


By nine o’clock they were ready to leave and Gordon thanked Alwen for her hospitality.’

Tracey kissed her mother before getting into the drivers side of the car.

“Alwen stood waving as the car pulled away.’



Dawn Gales was hot property as her new single hit the charts and the records began to sell like hot cakes. They drove down to Dickenson road Studio’s in Manchester and recorded the song for “Top of the Pops” then came home again. Dawn did five Television interviews that week and they wanted her in New York that Friday on the Johnny Carson Show. Dawn loved all of this attention and took it all in her stride.

She received sack full’s of letters from all over the united stated and her record went straight to number one.’

She was doing well with her album too which was released shortly after.

There was talk of her doing a tour; but first she had to go over to Australia, then New Zealand. Her father told her to milk the song to the hilt as fame in the pop game is short lived and you had to be ready to record more songs. Dawn sat at the piano in the hotels that had been specially assigned for then and tinkered around with various melodies meanwhile her father was busy trying to find the words to fit the music.

Jim had a break when Hal Massinger rang to ask if Dawn would come over to Tennessee to record two songs that he had written.’

They flew over the next day and were in the studio and had recorded the song “Why Do You Always’ Call Me Sweetheart” and country song called “My Guitar Only Plays the Blues.”

Both songs topped the charts soon after their release. She was now number one in Britain, Australia, America, and New Zealand. She Dueted with Kenny Rogers and Glenn Campbell on “The Grand Ole Opri” 

Jim was working on their second album together where he had written six new songs.

Ten months had flown by and dawn was now eight years old. She won two Grammy awards and was voted most popular newcomer in America. She had rang Gordon to tell him of her news and he asked when she was coming home?

“I cannot come home yet daddy I have commitments here. This is a strange business Daddy you have to keep singing and putting out singles and album tracks. The demand is so great.’

Gordon was saddened by it all as his daughter was growing up all too fast and was being drawn into an adult world where she had not had time to enjoy her childhood.’

“Will you be home for Christmas Dawn?’

“I hope so she lied, knowing that she had been asked to join Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr in Las Vegas. It was an opportunity too good to miss.’

Jim and Rosina were asked to bring Dawn too many parties and it seemed as if Dawn was on a merry go round that she could not escape from.


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