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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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the café or to buy food and In its first year Billy had made over 200% profit. He wanted to expand that even further. The following year and he extended the kitchen and the café to allow more customers to sit in. He installed two more cookers and three ovens. He employed another young girl so that Gillian could concentrate on running the café and keep the customers happy whilst he was on his round. By October 1960 Billy had £9.000 pounds in the bank. He knew that if they continued as they were he would be a rich man by the time he was fifty. He was wealthy now but Billy being Billy he wanted to be mega rich.

He bought himself a new car and drove around the streets of Blackpool as if he’d lived there all his life. The train tickets that Billy had sent Butch Stoneman were used and Billy went to pick up his friend on the 29th October. They embraced briefly as Billy explained how he had come to own the shop and the business he now ran. Billy was prepared to pay Alan a good wage to that it would keep him from slipping back into a life of crime. He helped furnish the flat up stairs for him and showed him the round where he would drive around. It was easy money for Alan who only had the job of delivering the produce. In 1961 Billy bought the shop next door and turned that into another café he couldn’t go wrong. The tourists came from early April right up to the end of November. Alan started going out with Valerie Goldie who he had employed in the bakery. After six months she moved in with him. He wrote to Danny McMullen asking him to come down to see them.

In August that year Danny turned up and Billy put him and his fiancée up in a bed and breakfast but no matter how much Alan and Billy tried to get him to move from North Shields he wouldn’t.

When another opportunity to buy another Shop further down towards the pier Billy got Alan to help him paint the shop in the same colours as the others there he would catch trade from either end of the pier. He got Valerie to run it who was now competent to run a business of her own. Alan was content to just drive around delivering. He didn’t like being stuck in one place and Billy respected that.

When Gillian became pregnant with their first child Billy was over the moon.

It would be born in May the following year. Gillian continued working until she was nearly seven months pregnant. Georgina Stevens known as Georgie to all the staff took over the main bakery. Billy took on another girl called Sylvia Hammond to help Georgie until Gillian was able to return to work. Billy told her not to worry and that the business would not fail because she wasn’t there anymore. Every morning she would drive to the shop to check to make sure that Georgie was making the pies to her specification. Then she would go along to see Valerie at the other café at the bottom end of the pier. She would deliver the produce to sell to save Alan from doing it.

“When the baby came which was a boy. They named him Albert after his friend who had been murdered in Everthorpe. Billy had a massive party and invited Danny and his now wife along with Alan and Valerie. Billy couldn’t have been more pleased. From being a petty thief he had made a life for himself. He had helped his friends by buying them all houses albeit if one of then was in North Shields for Danny; he had given Butch a steady job and they were all going straight. He now had over twenty thousand pounds in the bank. Billy Royale was rich. No more would lead a life of crime. All thanks to a little cinema called the Essoldo.

Billy stood in the café and lit up a cigarette and let out a satisfied stream of smoke as he looked at his wife and son. He now had a legacy that he could hand down to his son. His mother and father ran a bed and breakfast in Blackpool that Billy had bought them. His extended Family all looked happy as they sang and drank until the early hours of the morning.

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