' 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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Matty took out a pair of clean underwear, a pair of shorts, and a tee shirt from one of the suit cases as Jenifer left the room.

Tom could hear music and saw the light from the barbecue fire as they all walked towards the Flannery house.

“I hope we are not being rude by coming over so late said Matty as they entered the Flannery home.’

“Not at all come through to the back and I’ll introduce you to my clan.’ I hope you don’t mind but we invited a few of our other neighbours who are dying to meet you all.

“This is Georgina my wife but we call her Georgie for short, my son William and my daughter Elizabeth.’

“We have the Coopers over there, that’s Gerry and his wife Hilary, we call her Hilly. And her two lovely daughters Livy and Marie and Frankie his son. Matty and his wife shook hands with them and Tom felt his face redden as the three girls looked at him.’

Gerry and I work on the farm near the Dyufken Pass together.’

“Can I get you all a beer Matt said Mick?’

“Yes thanks, Mick went into a cool box filled with ice and took out some bottles. Elizabeth and his wife helped him.

When they all had a beer Mick raised his bottle and said: “Here’s to our new neighbours let’s hope they will be all happy here.’

“Bye the way don’t be surprised if a few of my drover mates drop in for a beer or two.’ “I told them you were coming over so they will be along soon. We will get the Barbie started when they arrive if that’s okay.’ They are out fishing for shrimp, clams and barramundi for the Barbie. You’ve tasted nothing like it I assure you.’

Matty went on to tell them that he was starting work at the plant in West Wayalong.

“What’s going to happen to the land then Matt asked Gerry inquisitively?’

“Give the bloke a chance Gerry, he’s only just got here.’

Jenifer was telling Hilly and Georgie about events at home.

Tom, Irene, Carol and the others sat on their honkers around the fire as Will played a tune on his guitar. Looking out into the night sky they could see lights approaching.

Looks like Billy Ballie and Tula in the first truck and Ron Rowe in the other with some lads from the farm in the back. They’re shifting aren’t they said Tom.

“Yes they go quite a lick around here at night; no cops around see.’

“Can you drive asked Frankie to Irene?’

“No, I’ve never learned.’

I can show you if you like there’s miles of road that you can practice on around here. “Well most of it belongs to your dad anyway so you’ll be alright.’

“I was hoping that someone would teach me how to ride a motorcycle.’

“I can teach you how Tom said Marie.’

“Can you ride a bike?’

“Yeah and drive a car too.’ I was only fifteen when my dad taught me.’

“How old are you?’

“I’m fifteen.’

“I thought you were older going by the size of you.’

“How tall are you?’

 “Don’t know really I haven’t been measured.’

“You have got to be at least six feet three.’

“Look at the size of his biceps, said Elizabeth; do you go to the gym a lot?’

“No, but I lift a lot of boxes on the fish quay back in North Shields.’

“Tell us about where you live; what’s it like?’

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