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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 That’s beautiful Richard thank you said Ruby as she stood up and kissed her new husband to the applause of everyone present.

Gareth stood up and asked everyone to raise their glasses to the happy couple.

“To Richard and Ruby they all voiced as both Richard and Ruby thanked everyone for their gifts. They both had a long drive ahead of them so they slipped away to change. Betty was staying in Wales for Christmas and New Year with Bronwyn and Dfan. Richard said he would come and pick her up one the New Year was over. They drove to Crook because Ruby did not want to go on honeymoon. She said that going back to the cottage was good enough as she liked the countryside. Richard was pleased because it meant that he could get on with his book and try and finish it. Ruby bought Richard a new watch as a wedding gift and he bought her a pair of gold earrings.

For Christmas Ruby got Richard a pen and pencil set and Richard bought Ruby some cookery books. Richard was doing most of the cooking as he was better at it than his wife but she was learning fast. They spent their first Christmas together sitting next to the wood burning stove drinking the wine that she had taken a liking to and making love.

She had told her boss Mr Dennison before she left to get married that she would be leaving her job in the chemist shop and would be looking for other work in Crook. It didn’t take long before she found one. One afternoon she walked into town to buy some groceries she spotted an advert in the window asking for someone to help out in the store. Ruby went in and spoke to the owner who was a woman in her late fifties called Heather Bruce. Her husband had died recently of cancer and she found the shop too much to manage on her own. Ruby started the very next day and it wasn’t long before she got to know the locals. Heather and Ruby got on straight away and Ruby suggested a few changes in the shop to attract more customers. She set out a nice window display that every one in the village remarked on as they came in. Ruby and Heather painted the shop out in a brighter colour and moved some of the shelves to make more room. Richard was pleased that Ruby had found a job which helped supplement their income. He was able to work without disturbance and was able to take time out to prepare or cook the dinner for that evening’s meal.

Every night after dinner Richard and Ruby would take a walk in the woods to collect things that they could use. All the apples had been collected and bottled and the berries along the hedgerows made into jam. Heather suggested that Ruby bring some of her jam into the store to sell which helped out tremendously. Richard made cider with the apples along with apple pies and crumbles. They had an array of winter vegetables like leeks, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, onions and turnips. They even planted out some new potatoes under a cloche. Some of the surplus vegetables were sold in the store and Ruby using her new found cooking skills made pies and cakes which she also sold. Richard kept up his supply of meat shooting rabbits. He went out one morning just before dawn he was walking down wind stalking some deer that he knew came into the woods to forage for food he spotted a six pointer and three does a few days before and he was hoping that they would return that morning. Richard slung the rifle over his shoulder and scaled a tree as quietly as he could. It was some twenty five yards away from where he had seen the deer the last time he was out in the woods. He checked his watch and it was just after 5 a.m. He heard the distinctive sound of the Stag as it announced its presence and its territory.

The rifle was cocked and ready. The deer walked cautiously to where Richard had seen them the last time. He was twenty feet off the ground in a good vantage point.

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