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 was wondering if you could marry us on Christmas Eve reverend when midnight mass has finished. Everyone will be here then so it would be nice gesture if you could do it.’

I don’t usually do weddings of an evening Richard. He looked at the couple and could see that they were both in love as they held each others hand.

“Richard Shaw I have known you since you were an altar boy in my church. You were a fine singer too in my choir too. I am going to make an exception and break a rule.

“What better occasion would there be to marry but on the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.

“Thank you so much said Richard and Ruby excitedly. They looked at each other and said; we have five weeks before we are married.’

“Isn’t it wonderful said Ruby.’

“You will both need to come for rehearsal one week before you are due to be married and the bands will be read two weeks from today. “I look forward to seeing you both then.’

Richard thanked the vicar again before they left the church and walked up the street and back to the house to tell their parents the good news.




Opening the shop for the first time Gillian Royale placed the first of her pies and sandwiches in the display glass cabinet. She had married Billy two months after they had met in a registry office in Blackpool. Both parents were surprised when they announced that they were getting married but when Billy explained about the shop in Blackpool and showed them the house he had bought they were more than pleased.

Billy took Gillian to Majorca in Spain for a week for their honeymoon. Gillian was so happy and in love with Billy who promised that the shop that he had bought was potential goldmine. He utilised everything at his disposal so that the business would be a success. He cooked the chickens and the hams on the premises as well as made the peas pudding and home made stuffing from sausage and sage and onion. Working in the kitchen in Everthorpe Prison had taught him a few things.

He wrote to Butch Stoneman who would be getting out of prison next October to tell him that he had bought a shop and that there was a job waiting for him with a flat that he could use upstairs. He had a blue van with the name of the shop on the side of it and he was pleased to walk around wearing a black and white striped uniform he had devised for him and his wife. Billy also came up with idea to make hot chicken and vegetable soup made from the chicken carcases that were boiled to remove the meat and the bones were then discarded. He had a round whereby he drove around to the Coronation Rock Factory which supplied all the candy rock that was sold on the sea front and in the pleasure beaches. Over two hundred people worked there and he had over a hundred customers every day buying sandwiches and pies. Billy also supplied a builder’s merchant who employed fifty men.

 Driving to the local high school where his pies and sandwiches provided an alternative to school meals for over three hundred children. He had a contract so regardless whether the food was eaten or not, he was paid. It didn’t take Billy long to establish himself. He and Gillian worked so hard to get the business started but once word got around they were flying. In fact Billy took on a young girl to help Gillian in the kitchen because they were in demand was so much. By summer they were rushed off their feet. Every day, more and more people came through the doors to either sit in 

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