TO PLAY AMIDST THE COBBLES

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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Ruby White looked beautiful as she was led down the Aisle by her mother who was fighting back tears of joy as she then took the place of her late husband and gave her daughter away in the Church of St David on Victoria Street. Richard stood next to his brother Gareth who was his best man as Ruby joined her future husband and awaited the reverend John Starkey to come out and read them their vows. Ruby wore a beautiful silk patterned gown with a ten feet trail carried by Richard’s cousins. she wore a halo of white lilies on her veil and he hair had been done by her mother. The church was packed with all the street members who had not only come for midnight mass but to witness the wedding of one of Merthyr Tydfil’s finest writers. Ruby and Richard looked at each other as they repeated the vows they had practiced only a week before. Bronwyn and Betty had their hankies out as the couple finally kissed when the reverend Starkey pronounced them husband and wife together. They went to sign the official marriage certificate witnessed by Gareth and Ruby’s mother.

When they came out the crowd all cheered as the couple made their way outside to have the photographs taken. Then wedding car that would take them to the community centre for the reception pulled up. The happy couple got in and it drove away as everyone then walked down the street to the community centre.

It was now 12.45 am in the morning and the festivities and drinking would continue as long as everyone could stand.

Gareth who had invited the whole Welsh Rugby team gave a rousing speech.

Then Richards stood up. The room fell silent as Richard spoke.

“Firstly I would like to thank William Blake because if it weren’t for one of his books of poetry Ruby and I would never have met. “ We share a common interest, not only in a love of literature but a love of the countryside.’ “We never take each other for granted and we treasure the time we spend together. I would like to read you all if I may. It’s a poem written especially for my wife.

 

RUBY

 

A stone that gleams so very bright

To shine like stars in evening light

Moonlight drifts silvery clouds a pace

To gaze upon your wondrous face

 

The beauty hidden inside the stone

Is like the dawning of the morn

A hidden treasure cannot conceal

The shining facet once revealed

 

To bring forth beauty to the eye

Its purity an endless sky

Behold so precious in one’s mind

A jewel so rare of any kind

 

Forever glittering not dulled by shade

The sparkle that will never fade

Can last a lifetime, yet still enchant

The unchanging gemstone so eloquent

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