“Yes but now I have the know how to do it Edward. Had I not gone away I wouldn’t be in the position that I find my self in now.’
“I have certainly learned a lot about life in the last three months.’
“Now I have enough money to buy a nice cottage somewhere for us and there will be enough to buy my parents a house too.
“I have a fair bit of savings too you know and my father left me money as well.’
Good then we can put it to good use. Ellen can stay on at the cottage and we will buy a place of our own.’
Muriel pulled up at the house on Trinity Street and the whole neighbourhood came out to greet Muriel.
Jimmy and Craig came to the door and shouted for their mother and told her there was a film star at the door. Annabella and Robert came rushing to the door to see who it was and got the shock of their live as they gazed at Muriel.
Muriel you look beautiful said her father.’
“Father I want you to meet Major Edward Forrester my husband to be.’
“Pleased to be making your acquaintance Major.
“Please call me Edward.’
“Come in lad; would you like a beer.’
“That would be nice thank you.’
In the summer of 1921 Both Jimmy and Muriel were married. Muriel paid for Jimmy’s wedding. His brother Craig was his best man.
There was no prouder father than Robert Marshbanks as he walked his daughter Muriel down the Aisle of Trinity Methodist Church on a sunny afternoon in June. Annabella shed many tears of joy that day. Every neighbour and child in her street was invited to the reception held in the Grand Hotel in Tynemouth.
It was a wedding that was talked about for many years down at the shipyard where Robert worked. He was now the foreman and every man in that yard respected him.
Robert refused to move from his house on Trinity Street; but Muriel had the house redecorated and new furniture installed for her parents. Craig met Wendy Miller at Muriel’s wedding and they were now walking out together.’
Ellen Forrester was happy living on her own as the newly married couple Edward and Muriel moved only four doors away; they had bought another cottage after it was put up for sale.
“Ellen and Muriel became very good friends and in 1932 when news came that her Aunt Ester had passed away. Abigail was left the Manor house and a cottage in North Shields that had belonged to her father George Martin.’
Muriel could now reunite her sister in law with her daughter who was now 22 years old.
Muriel wrote to Abigail every week so after the funeral was over Muriel explained how she had been sworn to secrecy about her adopted father and the fact that she had known all about her real mother. They agreed to meet for the first time at the Train Station in Tynemouth on a Saturday afternoon after Abigail had travelled through the night to be with her mother.
Abigail stood on the platform at quarter past eleven with her cases. She looked around
At the market that was described perfectly as Muriel had told her. Ellen walked over the foot bridge to the other side as Edward and Muriel looked on.