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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“A friend of mine came off the road there last year.’

“Was he hurt, No but he ended up in a ditch, he had to wait to be towed several hours.



The cafe owner came shortly after with a cooked breakfast and a pot of tea as Richard and the others got up to leave. Betty handed the driver of the lorry the newspaper she had been reading as he wished them as safe journey.

“Thanks, you too.’

They walked onto the gravel path then got back into the car where they set off again on their journey.’

“What a nice man he was said Betty; Richard nodded in agreement before he got back onto the motorway then quickly picked up speed. They saw what looked like a dead fox at the side of the road. It had obviously tried to cross over from the nearby field and had been hit by a passing vehicle. The traffic was fairly light tonight with just the odd car. There were more Lorries on the road than cars. A tractor driver who must have been working late drove along a pathway as they approached Tamworth. Ruby read each sign as they came to them to save Richard having to look. They were still some 300 miles from Wales. The cat’s eyes in the road and the over head lighting made driving easier Richard resisted the urge to drive faster. He kept to the speed limit. He would have to stop at another station to put in more petrol shortly as the indicator was telling him he only had a quarter of a tank left.

Richard saw that there was one two miles up the road; he took the exit for the petrol station then drove towards it. Pulling in he jumped out then took hold of the nozzle and removed the petrol cap on the car. The numbers whizzed around until he’d put ten gallons into the tank. He screwed the cap back on then walked towards the shop to pay.

Ruby wound down the window and offered to pay for the petrol but Richard would have none of it as he opened the shop door and went inside. He picked up three bars of chocolate, some bottles of Coca Cola, a box of chocolates for his mother, and some pipe tobacco for his father.’

He handed out the chocolate as they pulled out of the service station.

Both his mother and Ruby were surprisingly hungry even though they had eaten a ham sandwich at the café; they shared a bar together opening the wrapping paper and breaking the chocolate into small pieces Ruby passed some to her mother then to Richard.’

“Thank you Richard said Betty as she bit into the piece of Cadbury’s Chocolate.

“Another twenty miles and we will reach the Strensham interchange said Ruby.’

“Yes,’ that is where that Lorry driver warned us about isn’t it?’

Ruby raised her eyebrows then nodded.

It was now twenty past twelve and they had been on the road six and a half hours. Betty yawned in the back and then excused herself. “Why don’t you try to grab an hour Betty, Ruby and I will wake you when we are getting close to Wales.

“You don’t mind if I have a nap then?’

“Of course not Betty go ahead.’

Betty placed her head against the cushion that Richard had given her against the window and closed her eyes, the car carried steadily onward and it wasn’t long before Betty was sound asleep. They reached Strensham and it was like the driver had said some parts of the road were badly lit and Richard reduced speed.

“Tomorrow the whole street will come to meet you and your mother you know,’ we will all go to the community centre.’ It’s very strange I know, but it is tradition in 

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