' 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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There were some posters for sale and Iris bought Margaret one of Rod Stewart who she liked.

Thank you Iris that was so kind of you. They browsed through the piles of records as they listened to some tracks being played.

“Then Iris suggested that they buy some pop from another store.

“Are you thirsty Margaret?’

“Yes, can I have some Tizer pop that’s my favourite?’

 Iris bought them four small bottles of Tizer and a marathon bar each.

“Come on Margaret we can sit over here and we will see your mam coming out of the other shops.’

Margaret opened her pop and drank some of its contents.

“Would you like to go look at some clothes Margaret?’

“Yes, but not these silly clothes my mam buys.’ I want to wear so modern clothes.’

Alright we will walk around until you find something that you like; have you got some money with you?’

“Yes, I have thirty pounds in my purse.’

“That’s more than enough to get you a couple of outfits. Once the had sat for a few minutes they got up again and snaked through the crowds of people until Iris spotted a stall with some nice tops that she could wear.’

“What size are you?’

“I don’t know.’

“Lets try a size twelve first then we can go up if we need to; “I think that you are a size twelve.’

Yes but my mam says my boobs are big so I need a bigger size.

Iris held up a nice purple flowered top against Margaret and said: there you are that would fit you.’

“How much is it Iris?’

“It’s four ninety nine Margaret.’

Looking around the stall Iris saw another top and a pair of black flares that would go perfectly with both tops. “If my friend buys all three can you knock something off the price said Iris to a foreign looking young man?

The man looked at Margaret then smiled; “for you I will let you have them all for twelve pounds.’ “I will even throw in a pair of sandals how about that.’

“What size is she asked the man to Iris?’

“Ask her yourself, she has Down’s syndrome she’s not mentally retarded.’

“I’m a size six Margaret declared as she handed the man a twenty pound note.’

“I’m sorry, I thought…

“Yes, people do assume that Margaret has some kind of mental problem but I assure you she is brighter than most her age.’

The man folded her clothes she had bought and placed them into a bag and handed them over and then gave Margaret her change.’

Margaret stood for a while and then tapped the man on the shoulder when he began to serve someone else.’

“Yes.’ he asked with a puzzled look on his face.’

“You forgot my sandals, size six please.’

Oh yes, I forgot Margaret, just a moment.’

The Turkish man found a nice pair of sandals with a cork elevated heel then took a purple coloured scarf and placed it around Margaret’s neck. “You can have this as a way of an apology Margaret; please forgive me.’

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