“I will tell you what I shall do Mrs Jacobs.
“Please call me Elizabeth.’
“Alright then Elizabeth, I will sell these onto a collector I know who will give you a good price for them. Michael Douglas is a good friend. I have known him since my school days and he is an honest man. He will not rob you like some that I know.’ I will ask him how much these are worth.’
They are in mint condition as you can see each one has been carefully wrapped. They are gold full sovereigns and at a guess I would say worth around seven hundred pounds.
“Really as much as that?’
“Possibly a lot more they are dated 1890 the reign of Queen Victoria.’
Elizabeth wrote her phone number down and gave it to George. “When you have sorted out all the funeral arrangements would you call me George?’
“Yes of course I will.’
“Thank you, Now I must go my mother will be wondering where I am.’ You know what I cannot work out is why see lived so poorly and had property and money.’
Maybe it will be explained in the letter that I gave you.’
“Yes maybe.’ Thank you once again George and we will meet again at the funeral I hope?’
“Of course Elizabeth,’ I will be there with my wife Agnes.’
The beautiful lady walked away holding the small case in one hand and the box in the other.
George placed the sovereigns into the inside pocket of his suit jacket then walked over the bridge to the bus stop.
The penny fare took him right into Northumberland Square and when he got off he stared at the old “Wooden Doll” statue and thought about Sarah Jane White. What a hard life she must have endured. The water fountain surrounding her splashed away and the marigolds and petunias were in full bloom.
Several old couples sat feeding scraps of bread in paper bags to the pigeons whose cooing could be heard as he walked down Howard Street.
“When George got back home it was almost four o’clock and he explained everything to Agnes whilst drinking a cup of tea.
He told Agnes about the gold sovereigns and told her that he was going out after his dinner to see his friend Mick Douglas to have the sovereigns valued.’
“You are going to be careful carrying them around aren’t you George; there are some people around here who would kill you for far less.’
“I will be fine.’
“Aye just like our Tom, do you know that he’s gone diving with man eating sharks in the water.’
“Mavis over the road just told me. Apparently Mickey rang and told his mother that wor Tom and his girlfriend Shirley have gone diving on some wreck.’
“Diven’t worry yersel lass, wor Tom isn’t stupid, he be fine.’
Walking down Osborne Road Elizabeth stopped outside of her house she opened the wrought iron gate then went to the door setting down the case she went into her purse and took out the key and let herself in.’
Luckily for her that mother Joanne Birdsey had gone home. Margaret had not kept the fact that Elizabeth had been adopted from her and when she was old enough she had told her. She didn’t know who her mother was until Mr Gerald Fox rang to tell her