Tom shook hands with Peter but he had a strange hand shake which Tom would learn more about.’
“I must be going; we promised to call in on the grandchildren.’ Thank you for having us George; it was very kind of you and if you do change your mind please let me know won’t you.’
George shook hands with Peter then He turned and walked back into the house leaving Tom and Peter in the yard for a moment.’
When Peter rejoined his wife Tom had a smile on his face.’
Elizabeth got up and then kissed both Agnes and George on the cheek and told them that she looked forward to seeing them all the following week.
Peter had rang a taxi and they came within five minutes. They both waved as the taxi pulled away.
“We had be better going to mam said Tom; I’m going to the YMCA tonight with Mickey for a game of snooker if you want to pop up dad.’
“No son, your mam, and I will be going to the club.’
Tom knew that his father would not change his ways; he was steeped in tradition and would not deviate from it.’ He though was very interested in what the templar’s could do for him and his business.’
Tom kissed his mother then he and Shirley made their way back to his house pushing the big silver cross pram with Jeffery in it.’
“See you tomorrow mam shouted Tom as they walked up the street.’
The cold air was cutting and Tom pulled up the collar around his coat and put on his leather cap. Looking at the sky Tom could see the stars shining he wished that he could make a better life for him and his new family. “One day; one day he thought to himself; I will have my own house, a proper car, and a thriving business.
There were only a few people in the YMCA when Tom and Mickey walked in.’
“Looks like we’ve got the table to wor sel the neet said Mickey as Tom went to the café and bought two cups of frothy coffee. They were served in these large Italian styled cups and saucers. Two Mars bars as well pet said Tom to Betty Badoe a black woman who lived in the Ridges Estate.
“That will be two and six Tom said Betty.’
Tom paid her with the change in his pocket as Mickey broke off.’
Tom placed the coffee on the table then threw a Mars bar at Mickey who caught it with one hand.’
Geoffrey Boycott couldn’t have caught that one said Mickey as Tom got down on his shot and fired at a red that Mickey had left.’
It went in and Tom was on the black.’
He rifled the black in trying to create spin so he could get on another red but the ball bounced off the cushion and nestled into the pack of reds. He played away from the pack then walked towards the score board and put eight points on the board.
“You haven’t left me owt as bloody usual.’
“That’s the name of the game you idiot.’
“Who you calling an idiot; Mickey walked around the table as if he knew what he was doing having watched Alfie Nolan and Stan Chambers do it in the King Street Club.
He played off the reds but the cue ball came off and went into the middle pocket.’
Great shot said Tom sarcastically, four away!