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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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There was an air of expectancy as the hills and valleys of Wales came into view. They were only three miles from Merthyr Tydfil now. Richard began to sing softly in his tenor’s voice. “I never knew you could sing said Ruby.’

“We Welsh are famous for our singing as you will soon find out. They passed Hardwick and now they had entered Wales. Betty woke up as they turned into Pen-y Darren.

Not far now Betty said Richard mam will have the kettle on now he said and there will be a nice hot cup of tea waiting for us when we get there.

 

When the car pulled up outside Victoria Street both Ruby and her mother got out. She picked up the flowers to give Richards mother as they came to the front door of the house.

Betty walked towards Richard’s mother. She spoke softly in welsh. “Croeso I ein cartef ostyndedig. “ Car trevew car-trev err tloted uh bore.

My mother says “Welcome to our humble home and a home is a home however poor it is.’

Betty embraced his mother then gave her the flowers. “Thank you for welcoming us into your happy home.’

Richard introduced his mother and stepfather and then told them Ruby’s mother’s name.’

Then his mother looked at Ruby and smiled as Ruby came shyly to the door.

“Hello Mr and Mrs Shaw, I am pleased to meet you both.’

“Come inside it is cold out here, the kettle is boiled, and I shall make tea.’

“I couldn’t use the toilet first could I Richard; asked Betty as they went inside.

Richard took off his coat and so did Ruby and her mother as Richard then showed her where the bathroom was. The house had simple furnishings. The old mixed well with the new. Ruby shook hands with Dfan who was Richard’s stepfather. Then looked up at the huge figure that was Gareth; Richard’s younger brother.’

“My brother was not kidding when he said you were a beauty.’

“Ruby blushed before saying Richard never said how big you are. “ You are positively the biggest man I’ve ever seen in my life.’

Gareth stood six feet eight inches tall and was as wide as he was tall.

Richard’s stepfather stood six feet two with a large black moustache and a flat miner’s cap on his head but was not tall or as muscular as his son. He wore a cap similar to the one her grandfather used to wear.

“Richard tells me that you play Rugby for Wales.’

“Yes,’ it was a boyhood dream of mine.’ We are playing Scotland tomorrow at Cardiff Arms Park.’ You could have come to watch me but my mother will have something laid on for you I’m sure.’

Betty was telling Dfan and Bronwyn about her father and Grandfather how they worked on the coal face in Preston pit in North Shields.’

“Miners have had a rough deal for years by the mine owners but a change is coming I tell you.’ Bronwyn brought out the tea then served it.

Don’t get my Dfan started about the pit or we will still be talking about it this time next week.

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