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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“Judge ye not if thou doest want to be judged thyself.’ It’s that what the lord teaches mother.’

Rubies mother had to look away; she knew her daughter was right.’

“I’m sorry lass; I should not have pre judged the lad. It’s just I don’t want you to end up like me having to get married.’

“There’s no reason why a woman should get in the family way these days mother.’

“I won’t hear of it in this house Ruby; the Catholic Church forbids contraception.’

“Better that than an unwanted child, or worse still an unwanted man.’

“Look I’ve got to go mother or I’ll miss my bus; I’ll see you later.’

Ruby rushed out of the door outside it wasn’t a very nice day. The clouds were forming and it looked like rain as she hurried to the bus stop where Dawn Hindson was waiting. Dawn lived in Brinkburn Street and worked in Shepherds department store. They usually sat together on the bus to work.’

“Hi Ruby, not a very good morning is it.’

“I think its going to rain Dawn.

Opening a packet of five Park Drive Dawn took one out and lit it up, she inhaled then let out a long stream of smoke that drifted upwards before asking “Were you out last night then Ruby?’

“Yes I was, We went to The priory castle then onto Cullercoats. Then we ended up in the Queens Head.

“We you said who were you with like?’

“I met a lad the other day, he’s from Wales said ruby as the bus came and they got on.

Dawn kept the cigarette in her mouth until she took out her penny fare.’

The conductress took their money then moved further down the bus.’

“Come on then Ruby tell me all about this Welshman who you’ve met.

Ruby told her everything as the bus drove to North Shields.

When they got off Dawn sad that he sounded like a nice lad; When are you seeing him again.’

I’m seeing him tonight he’s taking me out.’

“Hey.’ looks like he’s keen then.

Just then it started to rain and both girls went into their bags and pulled out a brolly and put it up as they walked along.

“Are you still seeing Micky Thewlis?’

“Yes, we’ve been going out together for over six months now.

“Do you reckon he’s going to pop the question then Dawn?’

 I don’t know Ruby, every time I mention anything about houses or family he changes the subject so I don’t know where I stand with him.

“Do you love him?’

“I don’t know, I like being in his company but I don’t know about love; “I’m only twenty and I’ve only had four boyfriends.’

I would like to get married one day and have kids but not right now.’

“Well make sure that you are careful if you know what I mean. Come and see me at the chemist shop if you need anything she winked. I can be discrete and no one would know what you were buying.’

“Thanks ruby I might take you up on that.’

“Look I’ve got to go Dawn, the shop will be opening in ten minutes. I might see you later then.’

Yes, thanks.’

Ruby hurried up the street to the chemist shop as the rain came down heavier.

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