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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“No, I work in a chemist shop on Bedford Street in North Shields.’ It’s not a bad job really. “It gets busy in the mornings but not that many come into the shop of an afternoon.’

“Richard went on to tell them about the books that he’d written and about his cottage in the country.

“How do you live out there on your own said Maggie?’ I mean do you cook for yourself?’

“Oh yes, I had a word with the cottage owner who is a fellow Welshman called Douglas Hughes.’ He allows me to shoot game which are in abundance there.’

“Do you like pheasant or rabbit because I have any amount of them where I live?

“I can honestly say that we’ve never eaten pheasant before, but I’m partial to a bit of Rabbit pie or stew.

Tomorrow I will bring you a brace of each. Pheasant has to be hung for a few days then roasted in the oven. It is a bit stronger than other fowl but when stuffed with sausage meat and sage and onion it does down a treat.’ My mother makes cawl with the rabbits which is just like a stew.’ I love cawl; I could eat it every day. In fact I might make some at the weekend; how would you all like to come to Crook on Sunday for dinner?’ I could come and pick you all up and bring you home later.’

“That’s really kind of you Richard said George.’

“If I came for you at ten thirty Ruby we could then pick up George and Maggie about eleven; would that be alright?’

Certainly Richard, both Maggie and I are early riser’s.’

That’s settled then; I will make you the best plate of cawl you ever tasted.’

Maggie smiled then said a man who is good in the kitchen is worth his salt Ruby.

“I’m hopeless in the kitchen admitted George. I’ve been spoilt over the years by my lovely wife’s cooking.’

“She certainly bakes a nice pie said Richard.’

The conversation flowed throughout the evening until the bell was called for time.

The pub emptied and Richard walked George and Maggie back to the cottage.

“Well we will say goodnight to you both said George, thank you for a pleasant evening and we look forward to seeing you again this Sunday.

Richard waved as he escorted Ruby up the bank to where his car was parked.’



 “I do hope that you weren’t upset with me for inviting George and Maggie to come out with us tonight Ruby.’ I know it was only meant to be the two of us but these people were so interesting I could not pass up an opportunity to glean some information that I can use.’

“No not at all Richard I have enjoyed myself.’

“Well tomorrow night there will be just the two of us.’

“Tomorrow night?’ I might be going out tomorrow; you haven’t even asked if I want to go with you.’

“I’m sorry; I didn’t mean to be so forward Ruby; like I said earlier I feel as if I’ve known you all my life you are so easy to get along with.’ Would you like to go out with me again tomorrow?’

Alright, what time?’

“Same time as tonight he said as he opened the car door for her.’

She sat down and waited until Richard got in before answering.’

“Would you like to go to Whitley bay tomorrow; I could show you St Mary’s lighthouse?’

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