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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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“Alright then, where would you like to go?’

“What about the pictures; is there anything on worth watching?’

“You pass the cinema further down the road you can choose what we go to see.’ She wrapped up the pies then took payment before Danny answered.

“Alright I’ll see you later Gillian.

“Hey wait a minute she shouted as he was going out of the door; what’s your name.’

“Billy, Billy Royale.’

“See you later then Billy.’

Danny waited until they were out of earshot then said how are you going to see this girl when you live so far away.’

We’ll take turns each weekend; I’ll come up one weekend and then she can come to mine.’

“Does she live with her mother?’

“No,’ she owns the shop; she bakes all the pies on the premises.’

You’re not planning on robbing her are you Billy?’

“No way, I like her.’ she doesn’t know I’ve been in the nick and that’s the way it will stay understood?’

“Aye right oh.’

Billy walked Danny to the bus stop where they ate the pies whilst waiting for the bus to arrive. Well if she is as nice as her pies are mate you’ve got yourself a good one.’

“What’s more a ready made business as well to boot.’

“You’d better start asking your mother how to bake then hadn’t you.’

“Aye I never thought of that.’

Danny boarded the bus and wished his mate the very best of luck. Billy stood waiting until the bus pulled away then crossed the road to the shops.’

He went in the mall and came out with pockets full of goodies not paying for any of them.’ he went into the Essoldo picture house and asked what time was the first showing. “Well we run three showings a day here at the Essoldo, the next one will be at five thirty said the man wearing burgundy coloured uniform and hat. He had gold epilates on his shoulders, gold around his hat, and gold coloured buttons down his long coat. His shoes were highly polished.

Billy found out that he was called Melvin Heron and that he’s been working in the Essoldo since after the war when he retired as a spitfire pilot.’

I have a good wage here and a good pension. Mr Scheckman looks after me.’

“Isn’t that a German name?’

“Isaac Solomon Scheckman is a German Jew. He escaped during the War and went to live in North Shields I believe where he still lives today.

North Shields is where I live and I’ve never heard of him.’

Mr Scheckman s is a very private person. He actually got started by using an old row boat out of the Fish Quay I was told. He sold clothing to ships coming into the port to avoid paying the taxes. A lot of these ships had been at sea for up to three years and the men on board had lots of money to spend. He sold them new suits, shoes, leather goods or anything he could acquire from his other Jewish friends. He was also a boxing promoter and ran many shows from St James Hall. He and his brother Michael bought up disused buildings doing them up and turning them into picture houses.

He is said to own somewhere in the region of 450 picture houses. He is a very wealthy man indeed.

“Have you ever met him?’

“No, but I’ve met his brother he drives around in a very fancy car with some very pretty ladies.’

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