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.


12. 12

All that sea air, you can go take some walks together along the Longsands.’

“Now wouldn’t you like that dad?’

“Aye I happen I would like that.’


“I remember when I was just a boy, no bigger than our Mark I would run down to Tynemouth wi our John and take a bucket and spade and make sand castles. We would wade out past the breakers then swim out in the sea. It was great fun.’

Joe Corder fell silent and into a daydream as he remembered his boyhood. His eyes lit up as he saw his brother collecting Willicks and mussels from St Mary’s light house. They would sit in the back lane with a cone made from an old newspapers and his mother would give them a pin to prize the Willicks out from the shells. Then his eyes darkened as he remembered how his brother had gone over to France during the First World War. Joe was very proud of his older brother as he stood in his uniform and their mother kissed him as he left to take the ship across to France. His brother fought bravely and two weeks after being posted was killed in action in the Somme.

It took his mother a long time to get over the death of her son and swore that Joe would never go to war. When the Second World War started Joe was needed down in the Ship Yard to repair and build ships that would go on to fight against the Germans so he didn’t feel guilty for not going. When the war ended the parties in the streets lasted for days. Ethel took down the black out curtains from their house in Willington Quay and it was strange not having to light candles in the house.’

People could come and go as they liked without a curfew or the sound of an air raid siren.

“Dad, Dad, are you listening to me?’


“Come and sit at the table and have a cup of tea.’ Mark has just come home from school.’

Joe got up from the arm chair and walked into the scullery and sat down.’

Hi Granda said Mark as he took off his coat and hung it up.’

Mark had light hair just like his mother and when Joe looked at him it was like seeing his older brother John; even down to the dimple in his chin.

“Hello son how has your day been?’

Great Granda,’ do you know that I’m making a cracket at school in wood work for you.’

That’s nice so do you want to be a carpenter when you leave school?’

“No, I want to join the army like my great uncle John.’ He was a real hero wasn’t he Granda. He’s got medals hasn’t he?’

“Yes he has.’

“Can I see them?’

“After tea, go wash your hands and I will put your tea out.’

“What we having mam?’

“I’ve made us a beef stew with mashed potatoes and some cabbage.’

“Lovely said Mark, he quickly washed his hands with some carbolic soap then dried them on the tee towel then was about to get the plates down when there was a knock at the door.

“Go see who that is would you Mark.’

Mark ran to the door ands answered it. Standing in a grey three piece suit and wearing black and white spats was his uncle Edward. 

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