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.


14. 14

“It’s just not practical Jessie and besides Dad is settled here pleaded Edward with arms outstretched.’

“Out of sight out of mind eh that’s you Edward.’

“You left me to look after mam when she was ill and now you’re doing the same with dad. Well I’m not having it.’ I’ve looked after dad for nine years now and its time you took some responsibility.’

“Edward and Elizabeth lit up a cigarette and began to smoke at the table. Jessie cleared away the plates.

“It just wouldn’t work Jessie said Elizabeth, I mean we have our own circle of friends and your father would feel left out. “I don’t mean to be rude but these people we socialise with are from different backgrounds.’

“So that is it said Jessie, you don’t want father to come because he would show you up.’ Now you listen here Edward Corder, if it wasn’t for your father’s money you wouldn’t have a shop in the first place. Now he needs you and you don’t want him.

“Well I tell you this, Jessie stood up from the table and straightened her pinnie. “ If you don’t look after dad then you are going to have to put him in a home because I am not looking after him no more.’

“Come on Jessie you can’t do that.’

“I can and I will and you can pay for his keep as well because I can’t afford it.’

“Who say’s I can replied Edward as he took a puff of his Senior Service cigarette then blew the smoke across the table.’

“You just said that the shop was doing well didn’t you.’

“Yes but there’s the overheads, look how about I give you a few quid and you can keep dad here. “ You want to stay here with Jessie don’t you dad?’

“Aye, I like it here.’

“No I’m not having it Edward; either he goes to stay with you or he’s going in a home.’

“Can I see Great Uncle Johns medals now Granda?’

“I’ve got them at home said Edward; your Granddad gave them to me.’

“Well that’s bloody typical that is.’ Bloody money goes to money.’

“Those medals should have been passed down to Mark.’ “You haven’t sold them have you?’

“No I haven’t.’

“I hope not because they’re a family heirloom.’

“There’s some other things from my brother in that metal box I gave you isn’t there son?’

“Like what?’

“Well your Uncle John had some property didn’t he Edward.’

“You never told me that Uncle John had property dad said Jessie.’

“Well Edward was the oldest so it went to him.’

“I see, I’ve spent the last nine years looking after you and you gave property to Edward.’ “Do I mean nothing to you dad?’ you’ve always favoured Edward over me haven’t you.’ There were tears welling up in Jessie’s eyes and George got up to comfort her.

“So what happened to the house that Uncle John had Edward?’

“I sold it.’ It was a house on Tynemouth road near the Lyric. I used the money to buy the house I have now.’

“I see, so you left me nothing; I’m living in this council house whilst you and Elizabeth are lording it up in Tynemouth.’

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