TO PLAY AMIDST THE COBBLES

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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forth rhythmically. He felt his penis erupt and his body jerked He plunged deeply into her one last time then withdrew from her breathlessly.

The two of them were now satiated as they lay on their backs trying to regain their breath.

Billy lit up a cigarette in the darkness whilst Gillian went to the bathroom. She brought him back an ashtray whilst he discarded the limp condom from his flaccid penis.

Looking over at the clock it was now twenty past one in the morning. Billy enjoyed his cigarette as Gillian got under the covers. She turned her back and they spooned together. Billy kissed her neck then got out of bed to use the toilet he took the cigarette with him and the spent condom. He let out a long continuous stream of urine then dropped the condom into the toilet along with the end of his Senior Service cigarette. He pulled the chain then stood watching as the two objects went round and around before disappearing. He returned to the bedroom and lay beside Gillian who was now asleep. She was used to going to bed early and starting work at 6 a.m. each morning.

Billy lay awake for another hour before getting up again he found the house keys as he dressed then slipped out into the night. The streets were quiet as he made his way down to the Essoldo. He saw a police car patrolling and he hid in a shop doorway until it had past him then he carried on until he reached the back lane. He climbed up onto the wall then jumped and grabbed the iron grid of the neon light. He nearly let go because the leather gloves that he was wearing were greasy. He managed to swing his legs up and get a foot hold on one of the rungs. He waited a few seconds to compose himself before climbing to the top. The small canvas bag that was around his neck had all his gadgets inside and he reached inside then pulled out some tape. The kind used for wrapping up parcels. He taped the glass so when he jemmied the window it wouldn’t shatter. Then he took out the small Jemmy from his bag. Using the flat end he pushed it into the small gap where the handle was and it came away with little effort.

The building being that old when the cinema was taken over by Isaac Solomon Sheckman the window must have been overlooked. It was way too high to warrant placing iron bars across it to deter burglars. “Well it hadn’t deterred Billy Royale who saw this as a golden opportunity. He opened the window then tied a length of rope around the open window he lowered himself in then using the end of the rope pulled the window shut. He made his way up the stairs using the flashlight that he’d stolen from the usherette earlier that night. Using a hair clip he jiggled around with the lock of Michael Sheckman’s office until at last he heard a click and the door sprung open He went inside where there were photos of Sheckman and his brother on the walls. There was a large oak desk with several draws. The key had been placed between some books on a shelf and he quickly opened them to find log books and details of all the money that the cinema had taken in since it first opened in 1947. Billy let out a low whistle.

 He looked around the room for a big picture on the wall when he found one he un- hooked it to reveal the safe behind. Billy carried a metal box with him with various pieces of metal that resembled Allen Keys. They were used for opening safes and strong boxes. This one had two locks the first one was a guard lock and when turned it would give access to the main lock which then could be opened using another key.

This safe was fairly large for a cinema and probably used for storing coins as well as notes. He selected a key he thought might open the guard lock but it was too big so he opted for a smaller one. it was L shaped and it fitted into the recess; he put his ear 

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