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.


11. 11

“I will have to dig my tent out then won’t I said Laura.’

“Would you like to come along with John and his wife?’

Yes, I’ll come along if you don’t mind me coming.’

“Of course not, it would be lovely to have you with us.’

When Paul and Wendy had finished doing the quiz with the boys they too ate their packed lunches before making sure that all litter was put into the bins and the place left clean and tidy. They headed back to the bus it was now nearly two in the afternoon the boys were tired now having walked over the hills for nearly nine miles. Most of them especially Raymond Johnston was feeling the heat. Raymond was overweight and didn’t care much for exercise. He spent most of his time comfort eating. He seemed a troubled boy and Wendy took the boy on his own away from the others and tried talking to him. It turned out the reason why he ate to excess was because his father was abusing him. He remembered the first time that his father touched him. He was three years old and he remembered having a bath with his father when his mother had gone shopping. His father pointed out that boys were different to girls and that to show his love for his father he had to perform certain acts. His father made him do unspeakable things he told Wendy through his tears and she hugged him to her breast as he sobbed away. She felt for the boy, and what he must be going through.

“Is your father still abusing you Raymond?’ Wendy asked softly.’

“He comes into my room most nights when mam is asleep or when she is out at friend’s houses or at the bingo.’

“So he still doing it?’

“Yes, and I think he’s touching my sister Tammy as well.’

Wendy was totally shocked but tried to keep her composure. “How old is your sister Raymond?’

“She’s only twelve Mrs Gibson.’

“What your father has been doing to you both is wrong Raymond, we must stop this from happening right away. A real father would not show his love for you this way.’

“He gives me sweets and money and tells me not to say anything to mam or anyone else.’

“That is because he’s afraid of being caught Raymond.’

“What will happen to me, will I be taken away to a bad place. My dad said that the bad men will come for me and I will never see my mother or sister again.’

“That is a lie Raymond.’ It is your father who will be taken away so he cannot hurt you and your sister again.’

“I love my dad, but he hurts me.’

“He will stop if we report him Raymond. You must be strong.’

“Will you come with me Mrs Gibson?’

“Yes I will, don’t worry.’

“Thank you.’   

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