LIKE MOTHER LIKE SON

The story focuses on three families. The Kinnear's, The Millsap's, and the Owen's. All different. They live very different lifestyles. Albert Kinnear the Librarian, who's parents came from Swindon but live in Pinetree Gardens, his father Jack is an engineer. He is a keen gardener and Pigeon fancier. Albert meets the daughter of Charlie and Elizabeth Millsap. They live on Kenton Road, in a bought property. He also is a pigeon man who has wangled his way into a chairman's job. he is a welder down the docks. No one is good enough for their daughter and they resent the relationship between Laura and Albert. Then there is William Owen(Willick) a roofing builder who lives in Cedarwood Avenue with two son's and a daughter. Alan is a jack the lad; he will sleep with any woman given the chance. Harry the youngest is a joiner and the brains in the family. Evelyn his daughter is twenty five and her father is pushing her to meet a man and get married so he can have grandchildren.

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The morning light was just shining through the window of the bedroom as Albert Kinnear crept slowly out of his bed. He was careful not to make a noise as his wife Laura was sleeping in the next room on her own. It had been almost three years since they slept together. She blamed the death of her father Charles Edward Millsap for the separation saying that they had drifted apart and that they now had nothing in common anymore.  Her mother had gone to live in Spain and had died from a long related illness. Her father who she doted on died as a result of an industrial accident. Her mother complained of blinding headaches for many years and Laura thought that her mother was just moaning as usual until she called her on the phone and was told by her neighbour and friend that she had been found slumped in the armchair with blood coming from her mouth. Her mother Elizabeth Watson had worked in a telecommunications base during the early forties at before she met Charlie who was friendly with her father who had an allotment and he would come and talk with him whilst he cultivated his flower garden and vegetables. Elizabeth would bring a canteen of tea down for him and some sandwiches and it was there that she got talking to Charlie who was a welder down at Smiths dock. He asked her out one afternoon and she accepted. They walked mostly as neither of them had much money. When the Second World War began Charlie was needed in the Shipyard to repair the crippled ships from German torpedoes or gun fire. He expected to work long hours and Elizabeth and he were lucky to get to see one another. They were married in 1945 more out of necessity and in 1946 Laura was born she was an only child from the marriage. Her father idolised her. He would carry her on his shoulders from the infant school then take her to the shops for a ha’peth of sweets. Her mother was always the stern one and ruled the household. Charlie never went against his wife and was just glad to go along with what she wanted. Her father hated arguments. During the late fifties Laura got a job working in a bakery in North Shields. She didn’t stay on at school although she was clever enough. At just thirteen she started her working life rolling out flour to make bread buns and loaves of bread. She was used to the work because she often helped her mother bake bread in the house. She brought home fourteen shillings and six pence a week. She gave her mother five shillings and used the rest to buy clothes and shoes. Laura liked expensive clothes and would happily save up for the better quality goods from Fenwick’s department stores or Marks and Spencer. Laura actually enquired about a job working in the perfumery department. Dressed in her best clothes she walked up to the manager Derek Thorn and asked if there was any positions going.

“Well Miss Millsap said the manager as it happens we do have a vacancy, would you like to come to my office. The tall, thin looking man who resembled the actor David Niven asked her to sit in one of his plush leather seats. Laura who had just turned eighteen then, was very attractive with long auburn coloured hair which had natural curls in it. She was slim and had a pretty face. She lacked the height of the girls he usually employed but he liked her smile and confidence.

“When would you be able to start Miss Millsap?’

“I would have to give a week’s notice at my employ now, if that’s alright.’

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