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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“I can understand that.’

 They set off back down the hill. Ruby felt there was something else that Richard wasn’t telling her but she did not press him any further. Ruby and Richard saw the street now in the distance. “That was a nice walk said Ruby as Richard stopped and was puffing and panting some. “ I see that you need more exercise said Ruby.’ you are out of puff.’

“I’ll be fine in a moment; those hills are steeper than the ones in Crook.

They came down to meet Bronwyn who was sitting with her mother in the kitchen.

“Are you ready father said Bronwyn to her husband as he put on his best jacket and his going out hat.

“We’ll follow you down mam we just have to change first.’

Bronwyn, Betty, and Dfan walked down the street nodding and saying hello to others as they were making their way to the community centre. There were at least a hundred and fifty people in the hall as the festival got underway. The tables were full of food and there was another long table with fresh vegetables. The produce would be sold and the money raised would go to help the community in times of need. The choir began to sing and Ruby and her mother listened as an acoustic guitar player accompanied the school of boys and girls as they sang. The vicar of the local church John Sharkey got up and thanked everyone for coming then said how pleased he was that they had guests who had travelled from the North East and had been welcomed by the community. Ruby and her mother bought lots of vegetables to take home with them that had been grown on the local allotments. Ruby also bought a cake which she gave to Bronwyn as a way of a thank you for her stay.

When all the food was sold the money collected was given to the vicar who told them that they had raised fifty two pounds an eight shillings.

They all left just after five o’clock where they went back to Richard’s house.

His mother had cooked the pheasants and made some roasted vegetables to go with them and nice gravy made from the giblets of the birds. She had also made a large pot of cawl for them all.

Looking at what Gareth had to eat made them full just watching him. Gareth’s bowl was the size of the one that Betty used for baking bread at home and he mopped it up with more fresh bread. He ate four roasted pheasants that were placed on a separate plate and a pile of vegetables on another. He tore the birds to pieces with his huge hands. Looking at him Betty thought that Gareth reminded her of the giant in Jack and the beanstalk.

She was in for an even bigger surprise when they went down to the local pub. The Red Dragon later that evening was packed out. Gareth drank two pints to everyone else’s one. Ruby and her mother couldn’t help counting the number of times he went to the bar. The others seemed oblivious to how many pints he could put away and still remain standing.

By eleven o’clock everyone was merry including Bronwyn and Betty who were drinking stout. Ruby herself had a few glasses of wine and was feeling the worst for wear. Then the singing started up and everyone joined in including Richard, his stepfather and Gareth.

 Ruby thought Gareth would be so full of ale that he’d hardly remember the words. He sang as sober as a judge.’

Ruby told Richard later that his brother must have hollow legs to consume as much beer as that. At half past eleven Ruby thought that they would be going back to the house. The doors of the pub were locked and the drinking and singing continued until two in the morning.’

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