“You come along dear said Maggie; I’m sure Bobby will need you.’
“Thank you, I will be there for you Bobby.’
“I will come and pick you up at around twelve; is that alright.’
“Yes, I will be ready because I know the funeral is at one.’
Bobby finished his cup of tea before he told Martine that he had to drive Maggie back for her driving lesson.
“I will see you later then Bobby said Martine.’
“Bye for now Maggie; and I look forward to working with you.’
“I will see you on Thursday.’
Maggie walked out of the bar restaurant and Bobby gave Martine a quick kiss before leaving himself.
Maggie walked back to the car in the lane where Bobby always left the car when going to see Martine.
“I like that girl very much said Maggie finally; she is very hard working and conscientious.’
Bobby smiled as he opened the door for his sister and then ran round to the driver’s side.’
Steve told Peter that some workmen would be coming this evening to sort out the plumbing and the electrics and that some tiler’s would be coming to take off the old tiles in the kitchen and bathroom ready to be done that weekend.’
“That’s not a problem said Peter I am moving all of my stuff into my new bungalow Just across the street tonight; so the workmen can crack on and get the jobs done.
“That’s good of you, thanks.’
The new consignment of beer came and Steve counted each barrel and checked to see if each were full before counting out the empty ones and marking them down in the log book. The bar still had its regulars who came in every day and sat in the corner. three men stood at the bar as Steve served them whiskey.’
They all had copies of the Times Newspaper and chatted away about politics.’
Steve knew right away that they were Tories and he could have been drawn into an argument because he had been a Labour man all his life.’ He just kept his mouth shut and smiled.’
He couldn’t give a damn now what their political persuasion was as long as they were customers.
“Three large one’s Stephen said one of them in a nice suit you could tell the man had money by the cut of it.’
“So you and your good lady wife are going to be taking over I here.’
That’s right sir yes, Steve said nervously.’
“These two old farts beside me are William McKenzie, he used to be a magistrate in Whitley Bay and George Edwards was the Tory MP for Tynemouth. “Pleased to meet you both said Steve shaking both of their hands. I am Charles Slade I own the tailor shop along the high street so if ever you want a new suit come and see my son who now runs the business. Tell him that I sent you of course and he will give you a discount.’
“Thank you Mr Slade.’
“Charles please you are amongst friends here. Are you in any of the local lodges around here?’
No Charles, we will be residing in Abbots Way.’