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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“Yes that would be lovely.’ Richard pulled away and headed back to East Howdon.

“I find the North East so fascinating it is so steeped in historical facts. “ It’s hard to take it all in.’

“Where will your next port of call be then.’

“To your toilet I should think he laughed.’ I should have gone in the pub. I will never make it to Crook without a visit.

“You will have to be quiet as my mother will be in bed.’

“Oh I will I promise.’ Richard put his foot down breaking the speed limit but it was urgent. He felt as if his bladder would burst when Ruby let him into the house then showed him where the toilet was situated. Richard ran in then shut the door.

He was in there a good few minutes then came out and asked if he could wash his hands. “My God that was a close thing; what a relief I tell you.’

Ruby laughed then led him into the scullery where he washed his hands then dried them on a towel.

I had better go he whispered I have a fair drive back to the cottage. Thank you for wonderful evening he said at the doorway and he leaned in and kissed Ruby softly on her lips. Ruby stood frozen, she didn’t know how to respond she’d never kissed a man in her life, and it felt very strange.’ She felt a warm glow in her body and a funny sensation in the pit of her stomach.

The kiss was brief but memorable. She felt tongue tied as Richard opened the gate then got back into his car. All she could do was wave as he drove away.’

She closed the door and floated up to her bedroom then began to undress.

Ruby played back the moment over and over in her mind as she hung up her clothes then slipped on her night dress. Lying in bed she could not close her eyes without seeing Richard. Richard Shaw the man who had awoken something inside of her, someone who made her feel wanted and alive.


The next morning Ruby woke up to the sound a trucks and mechanical diggers as the started to clear the fields at the bottom of the street. She wondered what on earth they were doing as Lorries took away tons of grass and soil, trees were felled and the land flattened. Her mother put on her coat as Ruby got ready to go to work. “Don’t make dinner for me mam I’m going out tonight with Richard.

“Again, he’s keen isn’t he?’

“I’ve been invited for dinner on Sunday at his cottage in Crook as well.’

“Your not going there on your own; you’ll be the talk of the place.’

“I won’t be on my own mother; Richard has invited an old couple from Cullercoats who we met last night. So you weren’t alone then last night.’

“No mother, I showed Richard the Priory in Tynemouth and Cullercoats Bay. It was there that we met George Cooper a coble fisherman who invited us to his cottage where we met Maggie his wife. She made us a lovely meat pie and an apple tart. Then we went to the Queens Head for a drink.’

“Drinking now are we?’

“No mother, I sat with half a glass of lemonade all night.’

“Well at least if there’s another couple there he will keep his hands to himself.’

“Mother what do you take me for?’ I’ve only known him two days.’  

“It’s not you I’m worried about, it’s him.’

“Mother he has a name, he’s called Richard, and he is very respectful; not like some of the boys our Connie used to go out with.’

Well we’ll see how respectful he is when he gets you on his own shall we.’

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