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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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If you drive around the square and then turn left onto Albion Road I will direct you to the Fish Quay.’

Richard put the car in gear and then drove off he turned at the traffic lights then Ruby asked him to turn right and keep on the road all the way down. She pointed at places of interest along the way.

She told him about Northumberland Park as they turned right and headed down the bank. The distinctive smell from the Guano works hit Richard’s nostrils and he pulled out a handkerchief from his pocket to cover his nose and mouth.

“My God he said as they passed; how on earth do people work here.’

“It’s not so bad once you get past the guano works, its where they process all the fish bones to make fertiliser.’

“Ruby had to laugh as she directed him past the various fish stores where the filleter’s were hard at work.

“See that there she pointed out, well that’s what they call the gut.’ All the fishing boats come here from Scotland and Poland. The herring boats aren’t as many as there used to be when my father worked here.’

“Your father was a fisherman?’

“Yes, he owned his own boat; he used to take me out on it when I was about seven years old.’

“Weren’t you scared?’

“What of?’

“The high waves and the winds.’

“No I used to love it.’

“Does your father still go out fishing?’

“No he died about four years ago; it was very sudden from a heart attack.’

“I’m sorry.’ My real father Llewellyn Shaw was killed in a gas explosion in the coal mine in Merthyr Tydfil. It will be ten years this August since he died.’

“That was tragic.’ My mother has remarried since then to Dfan Jones.’

“Yes my father went down to rescue some other men who were trapped down there; he and four others all lost their lives but they managed to save eleven men that night.

“Your father must have been a very brave man.’

“Yes he was; a big man too and everyone in Merthyr Tydfil came to his funeral. It was a sad day and the all the men from the valleys came and they were singing. We Welsh people are renowned for our singing.’

“Do you sing then?’

“On occasion, but in the bath mostly he laughed.’

Ruby held her hand to her mouth as she laughed to and Richard asked why she did that.’

“Don’t know I guess I’ve always done it. I don’t realise I’m doing it.

“You have a lovely smile; it seems such a shame to hide such a beautiful face.

After walking around he fish quay and showing him Lord Collingwood’s monument she pointed out the old ruin that was the Priory. I should like to see that would you like to show me that sometime?’

“Alright, when.’

“How about this Saturday, are you busy?’

“I work half day on Saturdays at Dennison’s Chemist Shop.’

“I will come and pick you up if you like?’

“Thank you that would be nice, I will write down the address for you.’

 “Ruby how about a nice cup of tea?’

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