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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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Ruby looked over the top of her book to see a young man dressed in a brown suit, he was handsome looking with mousey coloured hair. He wore spectacles and sat opposite her.’

“Yes she replied I think he is wonderful.’

“Do you read a lot of poetry then?’

“Sometimes, when the mood takes me, yes I do.’

“Sorry, forgive me for my rudeness my name is Richard, Richard Shaw, I’m a writer.’

“Really,’ said Ruby who had now closed her book and was giving Richard her full attention.’ Do you write poetry too?’

“In my university days, yes I did.’

“My name is Ruby, Ruby White.’

“Unusual to say the least.’

“Yes, my mother liked the name but to be called Ruby White when clearly rubies are red.’

“Not in the poetic sense.’

“What ever do you mean?’

“Well a poet might see a ruby as a beam of pure white light if the sun was shining on it in a certain way.

“I never looked at it like that but now that you’ve pointed it out I guess you’re right.’

“Your accent isn’t local where are you from?’

 “I was brought up in Merthyr Tydfil in the valleys of Wales.’ I came to study literature at Durham University and I liked the place so much I stayed.’ “I’m sorry but people say we sing when we speak.’

“I like your accent said Ruby who was usually very shy. Her timidity had stopped her from really expressing herself but today she felt totally at ease in this man’s company.

“Where do you live now, do you live near here.’

“No, I rent a cottage in a place called Crook.’

“Do you live alone?’

“Yes, I’m not married I’m only twenty seven.’

“What about you, are you married?’

“Me no she blushed, I live with my mother in East Howdon which is a few miles from here.’

“Would you care to have a cup of tea with me?’

“That would be nice.’

“Do you know anywhere where we could go and get a cup of tea?’

“I was going to ask you what you were doing in North Shields.’

“Well actually I’m writing a book on North Eastern History.’

I’ve travelled all the way from Whitby up here to North Shields because they told me that it was here where they had the biggest herring port in the world at one time and I wanted to see it and write a piece about it.’

“I could show you if you like, do you have time?’

“Oh yes please Miss White, I have plenty of time.’

“Alright then but you must call me Ruby.’

“Alright then Ruby, if you’d like to follow me I will show you to my car.’

“You have a car?’

“Yes, she’s an old banger but she gets me from A to B.’

They went to the door and Richard opened it for her.’

Then she saw the black ford parked over the road. It looked brand new as it was highly polished and spotless inside.

He opened the passenger side for her and she got in.

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