' The Ragman's Serenade tells the story of four families- one from North Shields and the other three from Wallsend. It is a story of relationships- The Davis family are up to their eyes in debt - The Stewart family have a daughter who has downs syndrome– The hagarths who’s husband owns a bookmakers shop and his wife is a midwife at the RVI- and the Higginbottom's have a father with the on set of Alzheimer's. How do they cope - read this fascinating story i'm sure you will enjoy.


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“Oh aye, so did you get lucky then asked Norman as he opened up then switched of the alarm.’

“Put the kettle on and you can tell me aal about it.’

“Brian filled up the kettle then took out their mugs that they used and rinsed them before opening a tin of Nescafe and spooning in coffee.’

“I was in the king street club last night with my mate Dave Murray; whey Dave has the gift of the gab like, and when these two young lasses walked in he was straight over to the bar and asked them if they were on their own like.’

He got them a half a lager and lime each and they came and sat with us whilst Dave told them about his holiday to France and how he had visited the wine growing vineyards of the Dordogne.’ He told them how Claude Rennet had taught him all there was to know about wine growing and that he’d came home and was now making his own he said he could make shiraz, sauvignon, burgundy, Claret and a fine champagne.

Louise Temple asked if they could try his champagne.’ Anne Hepple was also anxious to try some as well.

Dave looked across at me and winked. When the girls went to the toilet Dave told him that they were onto a good thing.’

They stayed in the club until ten thirty then left to go to Dave’s flat on Albion Road.

He lived next door to Archers the baker’s and was was very friendly with Frank Archer’s wife who would drop in pies and cakes to his flat in exchange for a couple of bottles of red wine. The lure of pie and chips and a few bottles of homemade wine were enough to get these two young women into bed.

They bought chips on the way to his flat, Dave heated the oven then whacked four steak pies in and set the chips right on the bottom shelf to keep them hot whilst the pies were heating up. Brian poured in the boiling water into the coffee cups and added milk and sugar then handed one over with a picture of a Rington’s tea van on the side to his boss before carrying on with his story. Well said Brian taking a sip from his cup, after a few glasses of Dave’s wine these girls started dancing and taking off all their clothes so Dave started taking his off and urged me to do the same. “The next minute we was dancing and the next rolling around naked on Dave’s shag pile.

“I tell you Norman these two lasses were real dorty’ bugger’s an aal.  We had them in just aboot every part of his flat.’ Whey it was 3 o’clock this mornin’ when I crashed out with her on the sofa.

I woke up at nine o’clock with a numb arm where Anne had been lying on it and a bloody stiff neck.’ So that’s why I’m in early this morning.’

“Well diven’t look at me for sympathy Brian; never mix work and pleasure he laughed.’

He gave Brian the racing posts to hang up and a damp cloth to clean the board with.

Norman filled up the ticket machine then got the brush and swept the floor. He’d just finished when Trevor Potter walked in. He stood upright walked with regimental fashion to the first board Haymarket and then meticulously studied the form for that day. Nancy Brewis came in placed her husband’s bets on then left. Jeff Sharp came in soon after and asked Trevor if the kettle was on. 

Norman is there any tea going; my friend Jeff and I would like a cup.’

“Coming up Trevor said Norman as he refilled the kettle.’

When Brian returned he asked him to make tea.’



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