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.


20. 20

“Yes,’ I’m so sorry Richard, I got so wrapped up in showing you around here I forgot about going to the café.’

“We can get a nice cup of tea from the seaman’s mission along the road here.’

They walked along the cobbled road and in the gutters lay the remnants of dried up fish carcases. The Seagulls flocked around the quayside and the cormorants dived for fish at the bottom of the gut.

“I see now the beauty of this place said Richard, it is a living breathing thing isn’t it.’

“Yes, most of my childhood was spent down here with my father. His boat was called the Kitty wake, it was a beautiful boat. My father loved it.

They walked up the steps to the Mission and went inside. Ruby went to the counter where Shawn Fenwick a young girl was serving.

“Hello Ruby, we haven’t seen you down here in a while?’

“I’ve come to show this young gentleman from Wales the quayside.’

Richard was looking at the pictures of all the boats and the memorials to those lost at sea he was taking notes as he walked around.

“I must say he’s very tall and handsome. “ Have you seen the curls in his hair?’

“Now that you mention it he is quite tall isn’t he and me just a shrimp in comparison.

Richard came over and Ruby introduced him to Shawn.

“So what brings you to North Shields Richard?’

“I’m a writer, I’m writing a book on the history of The North East.’

“A writer eh, keep a hold of him then Ruby.’

 Ruby blushed as Richard carried the tray over to the table and they sat down.’

She slipped her coat off and placed it over her chair.

“Take no notice of Shawn she’s always one for pulling people’s leg.’

“So tell me Ruby what do you do to amuse yourself.’

“I don’t go out much; I read a lot.’

“Well we will have to change all that’ would you like to come out with me?’

“What like on a date you mean?’

“Yes, you could call it that.’ What would you like to do?’

“I don’t know.’

“I like to get in a car and just go for a ride at night to look at the moon and the stars.’

“We could do that.’

“How about tomorrow night, we could go for a drive along the coast and you could show me places I haven’t been before.’

“You want to go out with me, why?’

“Because I find you interesting Ruby, you are also very pretty didn’t you know that.’

“There are plenty of tall pretty girls out there Richard.’

“Who says I want a tall pretty girl.’

“Well most men do and in most of the books I’ve read the woman are always tall.

“There are different kinds of beauty all around us Ruby if you only look about you.’

Richard took a sip from his teacup and Ruby watched him. He was so sophisticated.

 Richard was nothing like the boys she knew, but Richard was older than her and the boys she knew. Then she began to question in her own mind what her mother would say when she found out that she was seeing a man eight years her senior.’

“I want to thank you for spending a lovely afternoon with me it has been really nice.

I do hope that you didn’t mind me approaching you like that.’

“No said Ruby, I’ve enjoyed myself too. It’s not every day that a fine young man asks you to show him around.’

“So can I drive you home, you are going home for here are you not?’

“It’s quite alright; I can get the bus home.’

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