NOBODY’S CHILD

"Nobody's Child" Cassie is an eleven year old girl who has been in a children's home since she was four years old. Very bright, Cassie excels in most subjects and can play Brahms and Mozart on the piano at the age of only six. Because of her age nobody wants to adopt her. Mrs Cummings the manager of Auton House is a wicked woman who treats Cassie and the rest in her charge badly and beats her with regularity. One day she is sent to clean out the toilet and bathroom and Mrs Cummings comes along to inspect them. Running a white glove over everything and looking for dirt. When she doesn't find any she then reaches up on the door - Cassie is only three feet six inches tall and was unable to reach up to the top of the door and Mrs Cummings sets about her with a cane. She beats her so badly that Cassie runs at her forcing her back where she hits her head on a wash basin. Cassie in her panic rushes out and runs away.- It is there that she meets Don a ex docker who takes pity on the girl - rea

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Sunday afternoon was pretty quiet in the Gala bingo hall as Don who was working behind the cafeteria as they served meals when people ordered food. He pushed the orders through then served the customers. Once the first session began he was moved to the bar where here served customers with drinks. It was usually around four o’clock when everyone left and they then had to clear tables, vacuum the carpeted area’s and then get the books ready for the evening session. Each table had a table board that people played on and they had to be emptied and the money counted, bagged up and ready to be taken to the bank. The notes were used to pay out the line, two lines, and full house prizes for every game. The bandits were also emptied every night fifty five machines netted them an average of £5.000 per night the fifteen staff who worked there took home and average of £78.00 per week after tax. It wasn’t as much as he was earning down at the ship yards but it was steady work. He wasn’t reduced to being paid off or on C9 every month or so. Don got sick of all the form filling that had to be done in order to claim dole money so when the chance of the bingo job came up he took it. Don didn’t smoke but he liked a pint with his friends when he was off but he wouldn’t be going out to the pub now that he had Cassie to look after. He would have to ask Linda how she spent her free time. Linda worked in the Chemist shop on Tynemouth Road. She had been there over ten years now and everyone in the area knew her. She was always pleasant to all the customers regardless of how rude they were.

The first flyer got underway; Duncan mounted the stage to do the calling this afternoon. He quickly went though the prize money which was then shown behind him on the screen.

The amount of people increased as they rushed to find a seat before the game got under way.

Looking around Duncan gave them a few extra minutes before starting.

He was on a time schedule and he had to finish on time so he called the numbers a little faster which up set a few of those who were not regulars; They found it hard to keep up and more often than not missed a few numbers. Checks were called for but Duncan would not be swayed he carried on telling them that too many numbers were now out to ask for a check; that was a club ruling not his. Someone called house on the line which was for £5.00 and the checker went and called out the numbers. The game then carried on for two lines. Barry Henderson went to the bar ordering two Jugs of larger. Each Jug contained three pints and Tanya his wife marked his tickets whist he was gone. The short blonde haired girl passed him his ticket and he carried on marking until the two lines were called. One of the girls ran up the steps to the second level and the ticket was checked and confirmed. Tanya was waiting for only three numbers. She was wearing a tight mini skirt white blouse and was overly made up with enough slap to plaster a house. She had false eyelashes and the mascara had marked her skin where she had blinked. The red lipstick put on to make her thin lips look larger and the lip gloss on top gave the impression that she was touting for business on some street corner.

Barry looked no better he wore a jumper that was two sizes bigger than him and it hung on him so loosely it made him look like a pound of sugar in a hundred weight bag.

Sitting on the opposite table were Janet Hayes and Colin Murray he was a landscape gardener by trade over at South Shields. Janet had been in the armed forces and had also been a prison warden at Strangeway’s nick.

Janet was a large woman now since her accident when some prisoners threw her off the balcony and she injured her back.’

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