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.


15. 15

“I could hardly marry Elizabeth and go and live on Tynemouth Road could I. “I mean her parents would not have allowed it.’

“You have become a snob Edward; just like your wife here in her fancy clothes and your fancy car outside.

“The truth is you don’t want dad do you; now that he’s old. He worked day and night to bring us up and if it weren’t for the sweat off his back and my Uncle John you wouldn’t be where you are today.’

“I ‘m not saying I don’t want dad, I saying that with the shop I cannot look after him that’s all.

“Don’t worry Edward,’ I will go and visit dad in the home, because you won’t but I tell you now. Never show your face here again do you here me.’

“Come on Edward let’s go.’

“Edward put on his coat and passed his wife hers.’

“I will pay for dads keep at the home Jessie but I can’t have him come to live with us.’

“Keep your blasted money; it’s only cos’ you feel guilty about leaving dad here wi me.’

“What else can I do, I have a business to run.’

“Well you’d better go; time is money you know she spat.’

Elizabeth walked down the passage then out of the door followed by Edward.

“Bye dad said Edward at the door; I will come and see you once you are settled.’

He got into the car and drove away.

“He’s a right one is our Edward; done well for himself he has.’

Joe closed the door and went back inside.


I told you didn’t I George; Edward wants no part in my dad’s welfare. He and Elizabeth make me sick they have saddled me with all of this. “I want nothing more to do with him after this.’

“Don’t say that Jessie he’s your brother.’

“Well dad is going tomorrow,’ I am taking him to Hill Crest house in the morning.’

“Dad go pack a bag.’

“Am I going to stay with Edward?’

“No dad you are going to Hill Crest, it’s a nice place where you can meet others your age and play cards and socialise together.

“Oh I would like that, when am I going?’

“I’ll take you tomorrow morning dad.’

“Will Edward be there?

“No but he will come and visit; we will come with Mark to see you at weekends.’

“Is it near the seaside?’

“Yes dad it’s in Tynemouth near the beach.’

“Oh I do love to be beside the seaside.’ He sang to himself as Jessie led him to his room to help him pack.

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