' 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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It was almost time to go and pick up her father when the phone rang and Lucy barked loudly.

“Quiet Lucy,’ Elsie picked up the phone; it was Rose sounding upset.’

She was crying down the phone as she explained what had happened in the café that morning.

“Did you know Iris was gay?’

“No Rose, I did not; it has come as much of a shock as you.’

“What am I to do Elsie they are planning to move in together next weekend? They’ve found this flat in Whitley bay somewhere.’

“To be honest there’s not a lot you can do Rose. Margaret is twenty two and of sound mind. She is allowed to make her own choices.’

“Do you agree that I should allow her to do this?’

“Listen Rose, it’s not what you or I want but more a question of what Margaret wants.’ She has come to you and told you.’ She needs your support not your ridicule right now.’

“I just cannot get my head around this Elsie, If…If I told her father about this he would stop her allowance.’

“You don’t know that Rose, he may be sympathetic once he hears about it.’

“You are bloody joking Elsie, him sympathetic. This is the man who buggered off and left me when he found out Margaret had Down’s syndrome remember.’

“He may have mellowed in his old age.’

“There is not a mellow bone in his body; I cannot tell him. I will just have to say that she is moving in with a work colleague. “Well that is your decision Rose, personally I think honesty is the best policy. ’Anyway I must dash I’ve got to pick my dad up from the club and you know what he’s like if I’m late, he’ll give me hell all night.’

“Give me a call later Rose when you have calmed down a bit; have a good think about it.

“I’m thinking of nothing else at the moment.’

“I will speak to you later Rose; bye for now.’

Elsie put down the phone then hurried out with the dog and put her into her bed in the back then started the car. She sped along the street then down Denbigh Avenue. The traffic was building up with all the children coming out of school.

Surprisingly her father was in a good mood when she arrived and Fred on the door helped her get her father back into the car.

“Have you enjoyed yourself then dad?’

“Aye, I’ve won a few bob an aal.’

“Have you did you win playing cards like?’

“No I dropped the jackpot on the bandit he laughed as he told her how Les Hood had gone on after Vin had gone to get change so I did the same to him. He went to get change and I put a couple of quid in and won the big one. There was hell on from Les but I told him the same as he told Vin when he nicked his spot.’

“So how much have you won then dad?’

£200 quid he laughed.’

“Wow! That’s great dad well done.’

“I’ve got a few quid coming back off the GG’s as well.’

“It must be your lucky day dad.’

“Aye,’ I reckon it is.’

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