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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“Did you have a nice day today?’ she said sticking a leg out seductively. Then there was a knock at the door.’

“Oh bugger he’s here, what do I do she said to herself in her panic?’

“She grabbed her coat then made for the door, I’m away mam.’

She opened the door then smiled as she saw Richard. Who was wearing a red coloured polo necked sweater and a brown suede jacket.’

“You look nice he said as he opened the car door for her.’

“Thank you; I like your red jumper.’

 “Where shall I take you then?’

“Well if you want to go to the coast then you want to be heading where we went yesterday but instead of turning off for the fish quay drive straight on and that will lead you to Tynemouth.’

Richard did a u turn then headed towards Percy Main.

“So tell me about your day Ruby what have you been up to?’

“Not a lot really; Mrs Emerson came in for some tonic wine and the usual queue for tablets and cough bottles from the doctors.’ Mrs Carr came in looking for some cinnamon sticks to make cakes and biscuits with. How was your day then, did you get much writing done.

“I did actually, I wrote an interesting chapter about North Shields.’

“Can I read it?’

“Yes.’ once the book is finished; a writer never lets anyone other than his agent read the first chapter.’ “That gives them and indication of how the book is going to go. It gives me an advance on my royalties as well.’

“How many books have you published?

“This one will be my fourth.’

“I should like to read the other three.’ What were they called?’

“Well the first one was called “To Face the Darkness” it was about Coal mining in Merthyr Tydfil. It never made the best sellers list but I have had a steady income from it.’ The second I wrote a novel about an old farmer; who after working the land for almost sixty years. He was going to sell “High Acre Farm” because his two sons did not want to run the farm. The youngest son Bryn comes to stay at the farm when his father takes to his bed with pneumonia.

Bryn takes over the running of the farm with help from Ifan a neighbouring farmer whose daughter Alwen takes his eye and he falls in love with her. She persuades him to stay on at the farm. Bryn takes over the running of the farm full time. Bryn’s father dies a happy man knowing that one of his sons has taken over. Bryn marries Alwen and they have two sons together who both want to be farmers when they grow up.’

That sounds really good said Ruby; I will read that one I’m sure.’

When they reached Tynemouth Priory; Richard got out of the car and they walked around inside. Richard took photos of the old castle and some of the Priory itself.

He took one of Ruby as she looked out to sea and that summed up what it must have felt like as the people who lived in the castle all those year ago must have felt as they looked on with fear in their eyes. “William the Conqueror tried to set foot here in the North East and was repelled by the English Soldiers who were sent to defend it said Ruby.’ They then walked down the bank to see Lord Collingwood’s monument and again he took many photographs. Ruby walked around the monument describing how Lord Collingwood, who was the real hero of the battle of Trafalgar when Horatio Nelson was fatally wounded; rallied the men and led them to victory.’

Bryn took a couple of shots with his camera looking down the Tyne towards North Shields and South Shields. Then they headed back up the bank then got back into the 

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