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.


13. 13

Then from behind the car walked his Aunt Elizabeth in a blue coloured coat and a nice brooch. Her hair and make up had been done and she wore red nail polish. She was wearing a nice straw hat to go with her coat.

“Mam,’ its uncle Edward and Auntie Liz.’

Come in, come in; we were just sitting down to dinner; I’m sure mam has made enough for you both.

“No show with out punch eh said Jessie to her husband.’

Edward walked into the scullery which was a lot smaller than his kitchen which had a separate dining area.

“Hello father nice to see you. How are you?’

“Well if you came more often you would know how he is said Jessie.

“Please take off your coats said George we are just putting out the dinner there’s more than enough for all of us. ‘

“Well we weren’t going to stay long were we dear?’

“Elizabeth stood five feet seven, slim, and elegant looking. Her hair was naturally blonde she wore a string of pearls around her neck and a gold watch on her left wrist.

She removed her coat and hung it on the coat stand along with Edwards.’

George pulled out a chair for Elizabeth who sat down with her lips pursed as if sucking on lemons.’

Edward sat opposite his father.

“So dad, how have you been?’

“Oh I’m alright son, how is the shop doing?’

“It’s doing well dad.’

“Good I’m glad to hear it; you’ve made me right proud you have.’

After placing all the bowls with the vegetables in on the table Jessie plated out the beef stew for everyone then sat down whilst the vegetables were passed around.

“Where’s the salt and pepper Jessie, you know how I like my salt and pepper.’

“Its here father.’ Now eat your dinner.’

Joe picked up a fork and began to eat his food much to the distain of Elizabeth who found it uncouth that someone could not use the utensils properly. They sat eating as George asked how Edward was.’

I’m fine George; you know the business is really doing well.’

“Good, good.’

 Edward never asked after him or his sister.’

“See Jessie, if you want to get on you’ve got to work hard for it said her father and he rammed home another piece of beef into his mouth whilst he spoke.

“I do work hard father, I never stop in here.’ Anyway that’s why I have asked you to come around Edward. “I want you to look after dad for a while.’

“What! I don’t want to go; I live here in this house said Joe.’

“See father doesn’t want to leave here do you dad?’

“You’re a good lad Edward; I’m proud of you.’

“Dad, didn’t you say earlier that you’d like to go and stay with Edward down at Tynemouth for a while?’

“Yes I would like that.’

“Well that would be impossible said Elizabeth. Who would look after him whilst Edward and I are looking after the shop?’

“Edward can look after the shop on his own; it doesn’t take two of you to run it.’

“Well who will do the ordering and the book keeping?’

“I’m sure you can come to some arrangement.’

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