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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“Alright but it’s your money your losin.’

Vic racked up the balls and the young lad got down and blasted the balls and one went down.

“Go on Frankie show him how it’s done said Andy Dryden.’

Just then Alan walked in seeing his mate standing at the pool table. He had a massive grin on his face as he got the beers in then came and sat at the back of the room just watching. Frankie Johnson had always fancied himself as a bit of a pool player after watching Paul Newman in “The Hustler” he took up the game at the age of five when his parents bought him a pool table and he played for hours in his father’s garage on Armstrong Road. Frankie took on kids in the street for a few bob pocket money but when he left school aged fifteen his father wanted him to go to college to study science but instead he frequented the bars in South Shields taking on all comers. Soon the word got around and young Frankie was playing in some big money games all over the country. He entered a tournament in Leeds and won it easily running out a 5-0 winner against Tony Sunderland, who was regarded as the best around. He became county champion in 1976 beating Andy Dryden his now friend and former champion. He lived in Shipley in Yorkshire then moved to share a flat with Frankie. The two of them made a lot of money playing both singles matches and doubles.

Frankie quickly assessed the table then took on a cross double which went in then he then proceeded to pot the rest and nominated the black in the bottom right hand pocket.

Again Frankie played a cheeky double up the table and the black hit the cushion and then drifted slowly towards the pocket and dropped in.

Frankie stuck out his hand and Vic shook it then handed him ten pounds.’

“Why don’t we play the best of three for fifty pounds said Vic. Look mate I’ve already taken ten off you and you haven’t potted a ball.’

“Alright then let me break said Vic.’

“Okay then you can break but your still racking them up. Vic shrugged his shoulders then took out the triangle and started to put the balls into it then placed the black into the centre. He aimed the white quarter ball onto the first colour and the balls all scattered. Three striped balls went down and Vic proceeded to clear the table then for good measure doubled the black into the centre pocket.

Rack them up will you said Vic as Frankie picked up the balls and placed them into the triangle.

“Now since you allowed me the privilege of breaking off, I will let you break this time.’

Frankie placed the white and struck the balls but this time they were all scattered Vic potted a stripe then elected to pot solids. He potted ball after ball until only the black was left and he nominated the bottom right hand pocket using reverse side he struck the cue ball sending it up the table then the reverse side kicked in and it hurtled towards the pocket and dropped in.’

Thanks lads said Vic holding out his hand. Frank shook it and asked if he played for a team.

“Yes, I’m National champion.’

Bullshit said Andy, I know who the national pool champion is and you aren’t him.’

“I never said pool, I’m the national snooker champion.’

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