“Now you listen here James; don’t be talking like that to your mother do you hear me.’
“I’m sorry mother I.. I didn’t mean to upset you.’
“I want what is best for you all do you hear me said Robert and if Muriel wants to go to Coventry and stay with my sister then so be it.’
“Thank you father said Muriel as she got up and kissed her father on the cheek.
“What will you tell your boss at the kipper factory?’
“I was going to tell him the truth of course father.’
“No, tell him that your Aunt Ester is sick and that you have to go and look after her; that way if what you seek doesn’t work out then you can return to your old job.’
“Alright father I will.’
“Right then what do we have for pudding?’
Muriel got up and brought out the rice pudding as her mother cleared the sink.’
Muriel took four bowls from the cupboard then took the serving spoon and placed some creamed rice in every bowl. She gave her father the skin on the top which he loved so much then sat down to eat.
Once again the conversation went on but there was no more mention of Muriel or her dreams.’
When Linda Martin Shouted for a house on the bingo everyone turned to see who had won. A hundred pounds was a lot of money even in 1972. Handing over her card the numbers were checked but Linda knew that she had won.’
“She shared the money with her father who gave her half the money to go.
The next game commenced and Sheila Bryson hoped that she could also win. She was off to Turkey in a fortnight and a hundred pounds would come in handy for her spending money.’ Sheila had a good job; she worked as a civil servant. Sheila also liked to sing and was part of a choir.’
She did like her holidays in the sun and whenever she got time off from work she would be on the first plane out on a late deal to Spain or anywhere hot. This time she was going to Marmris for a week. She wished that she could stay for a month but her work would be put at risk doing it.’
They played the final three games and she had no luck.
“Are we having a go on the bandits then Linda since you’ve won?’
“Go on then we will risk a tenner.’
The arcade had various machines with different games; some had the classic fruit machines that you could play for ten pence others you could play with twenty five pence per spin and the jackpots were two hundred pounds.
They fed the money into the slots on the Tic- Tack- Toe machines then started to play
Small amounts of money was won and lost as they played on hoping to win a major prize but tonight wasn’t the night and they came away with nothing.
Ann her relative was playing on another machine further away and dropped seventy five pounds.
“Very good said Linda as Ann got a plastic container and scooped up the money and took it to the counter to exchange it for notes.’
“Whey that’s me oot on Saturday neet Ann proclaimed’
Linda got into the car after saying goodnight to her friend. Ann slid into the front seat and then Linda asked if she had her seat belt fastened as she always seemed to forget.