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Four young boys are accused with robbery. one of them with murder, Hanging in Britain was still prevalent at that time. Can one of them escape the hangman's noose?'
Ruby White the petite honey blonde who works in a chemist shop spends her lunch break reading poetry in the local library. it is there that she meets Richard Llewellyn Shaw a writer and poet from Wales who has come to the North East to write a book. A relationship develops even though he is eight years her senior.
Then there is Jessie Longworth who has been saddled with looking after her father who is in the early stages of dementia. She is unable to cope with looking after her father, and her family and asks her brother Edward if he will take her father for a while. Joe Corder is an ex-dock worker. He worked hard all his life and gives his son his savings to help him start his own business. He meets Elizabeth who comes from a well to do family who all look down on Jessie and her father. She will not have him in her home.

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Sitting in the arm chair was Joe Corder; he was in his late seventies now he’d worked all his life and had a son Edward and a daughter Jessie. After Ethel his wife died of cancer he came to live in Baird Street in East Howdon with his daughter Jessie and her husband George Longworth and his grandson. His daughter ran after her father hand foot and finger. He was in the early stages of dementia but in relatively good health apart from that. Jessie would have to constantly remind him to do things these days and looking after the house as well as her father and her son Mark had become too much. Her brother who lived in Tynemouth with his wife Elizabeth rarely came to visit and they always seemed to have an excuse when Jessie asked if her father could come and stay. Edward was always’ too busy to come and see his father his wife would say. “Running the business takes up a lot of Edward’s day.’

The truth was they wouldn’t have a business if it hadn’t been for his father setting him up in the first place. The shop sold everything from food to electric light bulbs and was doing very well. They lived in a middle class house but his wife Elizabeth thought that she was upper class. He father Peter Jamieson was a factory manager at Welch’s toffee factory in Whitley bay. She met Edward at a dance in Tynemouth and he walked her home. He told her of his plans to open a shop in the town centre; one that would sell things a customer would run out of like bread, milk, sundries, candles, matches, bath plugs, even soap and shampoo.

His dream was realised when his father who idolised his son gave him £200 pounds to open the shop. He thanked his father and told him that he would not let him down.’

Elizabeth saw the potential the shop on Whitley Road had. it was situated in the lane near the cinema. There was a fish and chip shop nearby so anyone going to the cinema could buy popcorn, sweets, toffees, and drinks cheaper than the cinema were selling them. People living nearby knew where they could come if they ran out of something and the shop stayed open from seven in the morning and didn’t close until eleven each night.

“When Edward asked Peter Jamieson for his daughters hand in marriage he asked him what his prospects were.

“Edward showed him the shop and it wasn’t long before Welch’s sweets and toffees were being sold to cinema goers. Edward married Elizabeth in St Edwards Church in August 1932. They travelled to South End by the sea for their honeymoon. Mary Ellen Jamieson was delighted that her only daughter had married Edward.

 They got along so well and Edward regarded her with affection. She was like the mother he had lost.

The thing was, he had now spent so much time with the Jamieson’s that he was ashamed of his own family and where they lived. His father still dressed as if he was going to work down at the Neptune Yard. He wore a granddads vest and trousers with braces and a thick leather belt around his waist. His sister Jessie wore a head square with pipe cleaners in her hair; she wore a polka dot pinnie over a plain black dress. She rarely wore nylons but wore black leather shoes.

“She picked up the telephone and rang the shop, Elizabeth answered.

“Hello Corder’s general store, how can I help?’

“Hello Elizabeth it’s me, Jessie.’

“Elizabeth‘s voice changed to a defensive role as Jessie asked where Edward was.’

“Edward has had to out can I take a message?’

“Yes you can would you ask him to call in tonight I wish to speak with him.’

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