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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“Will I see you tomorrow?’

“Of course you will Ruby why do you think that I wouldn’t?’ he said as he turned right around the country lane that would lead them to the motorway.’

“I just thought that now you’ve had your wicked way with me you wouldn’t want to see me for a while.’

“Ruby I love you; I’ve loved you since I first composed that poem last year.’

“I wish you’d been brave enough then to come over and speak to me.’

“The time wasn’t right. It is now and that’s all that matters doesn’t it?’

“Yes you’re right.’

When they got to East Howdon Ruby kissed Richard one last time before he drove away. It was twelve thirty and her mother was in bed. She undressed then looked at herself in the full length mirror in her room expecting to see some change in her appearance, there was none but what she felt inside told a different story as she slipped on her night gown and got into bed.




Jessie Longworth stared out of the window after coming back from the home to see her father. As expected Edward had not made an appearance. Although he had rang the home to ask how his father was. Joe Corder had been at the home for nearly three months now and he and his workmate Jackie were allowed to go to the pub down the road with a care person. They played dominoes with a group of other retired men and spent the afternoon reminiscing about days gone by. Joe Corder seemed content with his lot. Jessie had found a job working in a cake shop. It was only part time work but it helped to buy them a few little luxuries. George managed to get a few half shifts so that Mark could go on a school trip to High Borran’s near Lake Windermere in the Lake District. The whole class would be going and neither his parents wanted him to feel left out. Mark had never been away from home on his own before so this would be a new experience for him. Mark had joined the cub scouts and had wanted to go camping last year but his mother and father could not afford to let him go. Mark was in high spirits now that they had told him he could go with the school this time. He was saving up his pocket money for the trip and Jessie had told Edward, who said he would put him up a box with sweets and bottles of pop to take with him.

Mark was going for a week and he couldn’t wait to tell his friends about it.

He rode his Raleigh bike down to the ballast heap where his friends played.

Ben Ardle came over with Rob Black.

“Are you coming to the Cundy with us tonight Rob asked?’ we are going to collect some frog spawn.’

“Who else is going?’

“There’ll be Sammy Davison, Jackie Watson, young Barry Smith, Dave Douglas, and Alan Dunlop.’

Rose Chandler overheard them talking and asked what time they were going.’

“We are going in about ten minutes.’

The boys were all in short pants and jumpers and made their way down the road to the bottom of Howdon Lane. Mark left his bike at Barry Smiths house as Rose ran up with Marjorie Taylor, Maude Atkinson, and her sister Marion.

“They aren’t coming are they said Sammy as they made their way to the railway bridge.’

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