' 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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“No thanks I’m just going up to bed mam.’

“Alright then dear; see you in the morning Goodnight.’


Iris climbed the stairs then went to the bathroom and cleaned her teeth before going into her room and writing about her evening in her diary that she kept.’






There was a note on the kitchen table for Norman Hagarth when he returned from his betting shop.

Norman read it quickly then turned on the oven to heat up his dinner. Marina had made him a hotpot to eat that only needed heating up. She had told him that she hoped to be in early tonight but Norman knew the chances of that happening were rare.’

He turned on the television to hear the six o’clock news then sat in the armchair near the fireplace. He pulled the poufe’ closer then placed his aching feet upon it. He reminded himself to have a bath after he’d heard the news headlines so he got up and went to the bathroom and put the plug in and ran the hot tap. He added some bubble bath and some Radox bath salts. Then went back into the living room and sat down again. The news was depressing as usual and he wondered why he ever watched the damn thing. The Budget was being talked about which would take place tomorrow afternoon. Anthony Barber would certainly not favour the working man. Beer, cigarettes, and other goods would go up for sure.

Small businesses like his would be overlooked as usual and the betting taxes would increase. The oil crisis continued and that would push up the price of petrol; road taxes and insurance in the budget too.

Norman went back to the bathroom; he’d seen enough he turned off the hot tap then added cold until it was hot enough to step into. Going into his bedroom Norman grabbed his dressing gown and pyjamas his slippers were just under the bed so he undressed then put them on walking naked to the bathroom he took out a large blue bath towel from a cupboard placing it on the rail He put his pyjamas and dressing gown on the chair before stepping into the bath and lying down. He allowed the Radox bath salts to ease his aching body as he lay there just closing his eyes.

He hoped Marina would be in early tonight it had been so long since he’d slept with his wife. He looked forward to a long cuddle on a Sunday morning; the way it used to be. Since she became a midwife he rarely got the chance to spend time with her and he was beginning to wonder whether she was working all these long hours in order to avoid sleeping with him. Norman decided that enough was enough and that he would talk to his wife when she came home. No matter what time she decided to return.

He picked up the sponge and began to wash himself. He liked the new brut range of toiletries and he washed himself with the shower gel; when he was finished he then stepped out and began to dry himself on the bath mat softly whistling away to a tune that he’d heard on the radio. He picked up the brut talcum powder and put some in between his toes before using the body spray.

If his father had been around he’d say he spelled like a poufs Boudreaux.

He had a little chuckle to himself as he put on a pair of shorts then his Pyjamas. The blue coloured dressing gown was tied around his waist and he picked up all of his clothes that needed washing and placed them into the laundry basket. Then headed into the kitchen and turned off the oven.

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