' 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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The game ended and a girl brought her winnings to the table in a blue coloured envelope.

“Twenty five pounds wasn’t her biggest win but it was nice all the same.’

Both of their meals arrived and they pushed some of the gear on the table back to make room for the plates. Well at least the meal is hot said Elsie as Rose cut into her baked potato.’

“I should have got the fish and chips she declared after tasting the potato.’

“Is it not cooked properly?’

“The potato is hard and the tuna looks as if it’s been lying in the kitchen for a week.’

Norman Fletcher the manager of Gala bingo hall was walking past and Elsie got his attention.’

“Yes ladies said the manager; what can I do for you?’

“Well we have a couple of things Norman, firstly the food in here. My friend here has ordered the tuna salad.’ “That was over an hour ago, the potato isn’t cooked properly; and look at that salad.’ The lettuce looks so limp it needs a crutch and you cannot tell me that that tomato is fresh and the tuna looks as if it is a week old.’

“Leave this to me I will sort it out for you.’

“The other thing is Wayne your caller; he races through the numbers so fast that you either cannot understand him or you cannot hear him.’ “Rose here is slightly deaf and either misses a number or cannot hear him.’ Would you ask him to slow down a bit and be clearer with the numbers please Norman?’

“No problem ladies; now give me that plate of food and I will get it exchanged for you.’

“Thank you very much Norman; were awfully sorry to complain.’

“No you are well within your rights; that food doe’s look a little tired doesn’t it.’

“I think it was a meal left over from lunch time and they’ve reheated It.’ said Rose.’

“Well they’ve been told not to serve food like that.’ We are sorry for that Rose, and I will get you another meal and a refund for your trouble.’

“Thank you Norman.’

Norman took the food back to the kitchen then raised voices could be heard from with in the kitchen area.’

Norman then came back and told rose that her food would be brought out as soon as possible with a refund and that the meal would be on the Gala. “If that meal is not to your satisfaction please let me know; once again my deepest apologies ladies.’

“It looks as though he’s given them a right bollocking back there Elsie.’

“They shouldn’t have served you that meal Rose it was disgraceful.’

“How’s your meal?’

“Mine is fine; would you like a few chips whilst you are waiting?’

“No thanks Elsie I’ll wait.’

Rose opened her magazine and began to fill in the answers from Elsie’s duplicate copy.

“I don’t know how you can do these magazine puzzles so quickly.’

“Every week you are always done before me.’ I’ve just got one of them half done and you’ve done the lot.’

“It’s just pure skill she laughed.’

“I hope my meal arrives before the second half of the bingo starts I’m bloody starving now.’

She opened a chocolate bar that she’d brought with her and took a bite of it.’

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