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.


21. 21

“I won’t hear of it, you were good enough to show me around. Please let me take you home.’

“Alright then if you insist. Ruby finished her tea then stood up. Richard stood up and then took the tray back and left Shawn a tip.

“Thank you Richard said Shawn I hope that you will come again.’

“Indeed I will I’m sure.’

Richard opened the door for Ruby and they walked down the stairs and out to where he had parked the car. He opened the car door for her then she got in.

“Right then you will have to direct me to your house as I’m not familiar with the area.’

Ruby smiled this time she didn’t cover her mouth with her and Richard saw how beautiful she really was.

They drove along the quayside then up Tanners Bank where Ruby directed him through the Ridges Estate then onto Percy Main where they turned off to go to East Howdon and Chatton Street.

“It this one on the left, number five said ruby when they arrived.’

“Well thank you again for a wonderful afternoon, I will see you tomorrow at 7.30 p.m. Ruby got out of the car then walked towards the gate. Richard waved then drove away.

She turned towards her house to see her mother at the window.’

“Who on earth was that said her mother as ruby entered the scullery then sat down.

“His name is Richard Shaw and he’s a writer from Merthyr Tydfil.

“Where the hell is that?’

“It’s in Wales.’

That’s a bit out of his road isn’t it?’

“He lives in a cottage in Crook.’ He’s taking me out tomorrow night.’

“He’s what?’

“How old is he; he looks a lot older than you.’

“He’s twenty seven mam.’

That’s eight years old than you; what will people think?’

I’m twenty next month mother, seven years is not a lot, look at you and dad, and he was four years older than you when you met.

“Yes’ but my father knew his father.’

“What difference did that make he was still older; you were only seventeen an aal.’

   “I’m nearly twenty.’

“Yes but the boys in my day were more respectful.’

“It didn’t stop you getting pregnant with our Connie though did it mam.’

“Well… we, we got married two months later.’

“Yes mother but would you have married him if you weren’t pregnant.’

“I loved your father Ruby; no matter what you think.’

“You didn’t show it mother, all you did was shout and ball at him.’

“I loved him in my own way.’

“Yes well he might have still been here today if you hadn’t have got his stress levels up.’

“Your father wasn’t the easiest man to live with you know.’ I had to put up with his drinking and his bad language; I mean me being a church going woman as well.’

“Had you spent more time with dad rather than at the church he might be still here today.’

“I was needed, Father O’Shaunessey said so.’

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