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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car and drove to Cullercoats bay. Richard listened intently as Ruby told him about the coble fishermen and the life boat men who used the bay. She pointed out the fishermen’s cottages on the bank top as Richard took down notes. Richard spent nearly an hour talking with a coble fisherman as he recalled how his great, great grandfather, his grand father, and his own father had all been fisherman before him. He said that he would be the last of his generation as there were no sons in his family to carry on the tradition. Four generations of the Cooper family had been fishermen; now that was to come to an end. Richard looked at the man before him; he saw the passion in his eyes and how much fishing meant to him and the sadness too knowing that he was the last of the Cooper coble fishermen. He was proud of his heritage and the history behind it. He was also the fourth generation of volunteer lifeboat men from his family to help save the lives of many stranded men at sea.

“Come up to the house said George Cooper and I will show you some old photographs for when my Great grandfather was a fisherman.’

“That would be nice wouldn’t it Ruby.’ The man took off his oilskins then hung them up in large shed on the beach and changed his wellington boots for a pair of comfortable walking shoes. He put on his jacket as they walked up the bank to the top and onto the main road.

“Do you want a lift asked Richard?’

“It’s only around the corner said George as they passed the Bay Hotel then the Queens Head public house painted white just like the cottages.

“I just live down here said George.’

“Nice and handy for the pub eh; said Richard.’

“Too handy my wife Maggie says said George with a grin.’

George lived the second cottage down; he took out his key and opened the door.

“Maggie we have company; put the kettle on will yer love.’ George shouted as he asked Richard and Ruby to go through into the parlour.’

Maggie Cooper came out to greet them with a big beaming smile wearing a polka dot pinnie over a black dress some socks and a pair of slippers.

Maggie wasn’t a big woman; in fact you’d think a strong gust of wind would have blown her over. But this lady used to be a herring girl George told them. “She used to stand gutting herring in all weathers didn’t you love.’

Yes and I would see George and his father taking the coble out to sea every day and some of the weather out there was pretty bad I can tell you.’ I used to worry myself sick in case they were lost at sea. So many men had lost their lives out there fishing in the North Sea.’

“You must have been in love with him then were you Maggie; said Richard with a smile.

“Oh long before that said Maggie. I think George was six years old and I was only five.’ “We out in the bay collecting Willicks and George tipped his bucket into mine because I hardly had any.’ He was such a good looking boy, my heart would skip a beat every time I saw him. I’ve loved him ever since.’

“Tell me Richard how did you two meet?’

“We aren’t a couple, said Richard; “what I mean is this is our first real date.’

I’m a writer see, and Ruby ‘ere was in the library reading poetry by William Blake.’

“I like a bit of poetry myself and I asked her if she liked Blake.’

“I feel as if I’ve known this girl all of my life we; get on so well don’t we Ruby.’

 “Ruby blushed again then nodded in agreement.’

“I think you two are going to make a lovely couple said Maggie as George came out with a wooden box full of old photographs.’

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