THE RAGMAN’S SERENADE

' 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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Rose was meticulous when it came to cleaning the table and picked up every scrap of rubbish. Empty paper cups and tickets were discarded into the bins along with sweet papers. Elsie returned the water jug behind the bar as Rose packed away all of her lucky charms into her bag.

Sylvia and Alanna said goodbye as they made their way out of the hall with numerous others.

Elsie and Rose made their way to the slot machines where they like to spend half an hour playing the various games on offer. The lights and sounds of the slot machines drew them in. “Now don’t go giving them back what you’ve just won Rose said Elsie.’

Elsie didn’t like to go home too early because she knew her father would only start when she got in.

Elsie was the one who got lucky, she won one hundred pounds jackpot after putting twenty pounds in the machine. She had used nearly a full weeks wage in order to win the prize and would have been destitute had she not won.

Elsie cashed in her ticket then put the money into her purse the bag she was carrying was in the shape and style of a hedgehog and she placed her purse into it then picked up her carrier bag and made for the door saying goodnight to everyone as she left.

Elsie you have nerves of steel; I couldn’t have used all my wages to try and win that jackpot. Had I lost that I would have been devastated.’

“You have to speculate to accumulate Rose.’

 “I will see you next week love said Elsie as she made for her car.’

“I’m glad that we both won something though; I am taking Margaret to Benidorm in 3 weeks’ time so the money I won will pay for that.’

The two women got into their cars and drove away slowly out of the car park as a fleet of taxis waited to take others home.

 

Margaret and Iris had taken patch for his evening walk there was a field at the back of the Estate and Margaret liked to let Patch off the lead and let him run around. She took a luminous green coloured ball with her and threw it so that Patch could retrieve it. The dog took great delight in running after the brightly coloured ball. Once he caught the ball he quickly ran back to where Margaret was and dropped it in front of her so that she could throw it again.

“What are you doing tomorrow night Margaret?’

“I’m not doing anything.’

“Well would you like to come out with me?’

“Where to Iris?’

“How about going to a little pub that I know on the coast they have this busker’s night and its good?’

“That would be nice, I’d love to go.’

“Well if you can you get your mam to drop you off at my house and then we can go.’

“I can get the bus myself to your house, I know where you live; I’m not a child you know. I can get around without my mother’s help.’

Alright, Alright Margaret; I just thought that it may be quicker if your mam dropped you off. Shall we say 7 p.m. at my house then?’

“Alright I’ll be there.’

Margaret put the lead back on the dog and then linked into Iris as they walked back to the house.’

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