' 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 an intimate moment and one that they had not experienced in a long time.

“Just think of the privacy we will have John once Iris has moved out.’

“I never thought of that.’




Walking down the ward of the hospital she went to the labour ward where three women were in the final stages of child birth. Mrs Florence Benedict a woman of nearly forty had been caught out during the change of life and now found herself ready to give birth again. Her last child was now eighteen so this was not planned.

Her husband Charles stood in the waiting room until he was called into the room where his second child would be born. He held onto his wife’s hand as Marina gave her instructions when to push and when to stop. At 7.47 p.m. her son came into the world weighing 7lbs 2oz.

“What shall we call him then darling said an elated father.’

“Charlie George Benedict.’

“Perfect said Charles who was a massive Arsenal fan. Charlie George had scored the winning goal in the 1971 FA cup final so he couldn’t have been more pleased.

By ten o’clock that evening all three women had given birth. All the mothers and babies were doing fine. Marina grabbed a coffee then headed to the Managers office.

Mr James McCarthy answered the door and asked how he could help.’

“Hi Mr McCarthy; would you mind awfully if I got off early this evening. It’s just that it’s my wedding anniversary and I wanted to spend some time with my husband.’

“Of course Marina please go and enjoy the rest of your evening. I’m sorry had I known I wouldn’t have asked you in this afternoon. Please feel free to take tomorrow off as well. “Don’t worry I will get cover.’

“Thank you said Marina and headed to the staff room and told her friend she was leaving for tonight and that some cover would come soon.’

She took her coat and her bag and hurried down the corridor then out of the main exit. She went to the car park and found her car.


Norman Hagarth looked at his watch it was now ten thirty and all hopes of his wife coming home early had disappeared from his mind he went into the kitchen and looked at the vase of red roses and a box of her favourite chocolates that he’d picked up on his way home for their anniversary. The card was neatly written out and placed on top of the box he turned out the lights then went to bed. He took the carrier bag with all the money in it with him and placed it under the bed near his pillow as he always did then undressed and slid into bed and turned out the bedside light.

He had just nodded off when he woke with a start after hearing the front door. He got out of bed and crept into the passage then saw the kitchen light on. He walked in to see Marina reading the card he’d bought. She turned towards her husband still in her uniform and said you’d thought I’d forgotten didn’t you.’

“It did cross my mind yes.’

“Well I have your present in the bedroom would you like to open it.’

“I certainly would.’

Marina walked sexily into the bedroom followed by her husband and they closed the door.

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