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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Bronwyn kissed Ruby on both cheeks and Gareth then lifted her up and swung Ruby in the air as if she was as light as whipped cream.

 Dfan then kissed her as her as Ruby’s mother came down to find out what all the noise was about.

Mother Richard has made me the happiest girl in the world; we’re getting married.’

“Wonderful news, when did this come about?’

“Just five minutes ago I think said Richard as he kissed his future mother in law. Tomorrow I’m going to get you the biggest diamond ring that you ever saw.’

“I don’t need big diamonds Richard, I know that you love me and that’s more than enough for me.’

“So when is this wedding going to take place then asked Betty.’

“Just as soon as the vicar can marry us said Richard with a smile.’

“Well you’d both better get over to the church and ask him he’ll be just finishing his sermon now I should think, his mother indicated.’

“You will marry me here in Wales Ruby won’t you?’

“Yes of course, no one throws a party better than the Welsh eh she laughed.’

The two of them put on their coats and were out of the door before you could say Jack Robinson.’

“Well this calls for another celebration I think said Gareth.’ I’ll see you all in the pub later.’

Betty looked at Bronwyn and they both laughed.

Sit down Betty I’ll pour you a nice cup of tea.

“I think I need one my head feel as if it’s been kicked like a rugby ball.’

Gareth got up then said goodbye as his coach arrived to take him to the match. His father put on his best jacket and hat and was out the door with his son. His stepfather never missed the chance to see his stepson play for Wales.

“Good luck Gareth said his mother in Welsh as he boarded the coach.’

 Betty and Bronwyn waved them off and then came back into the house.

Well the Betty it looks like we have a wedding to plan isn’t it exciting.’

“If only Ruby’s father had been alive to see it she said.’


Reverend John Sharkey was thanking his congregation in the archway of the doors as Richard and Ruby came up to him.

“Morning Vicar, could we have a word please.’

“I see that you weren’t in church this morning Richard.’

“Sorry Vicar, I had quite a lot to drink last night as you can imagine and the long drive down here was exhausting.’

“God will forgive you. “ What can I do for you?’

“We want to get married.’

“What today?’ I don’t do marriages on a Sunday. He smiled at them both.’

“No,’ no said Richard; as soon as possible though.’

“I was just joking Richard.’ “Come through into the vestry and I will check my calendar.’

Richard and Ruby followed the vicar through the church and the smell of incense was still in the air as they walked hand in hand down the aisle the bowed their heads as they passed the large golden crucifix then walked through into the vestry.

The vicar took out his large record book and looked down at the dates.

“I am fully booked up until April next year Richard.’

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