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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“Wait said the young lad with black hair and a muscular build, where are you going?’

“I’m goin’ to the shop for a loaf for my father and brother’s bait in the mornin.’

“Good I’ll wait for you then and we can walk back together.’

“Why would you be wantin’ to walk wi me for?’

“Because I happen to like what I see.’

Evelyn ignored the comment and went into the shop. She tried not to look at the man outside but her eyes were inexorably drawn to him. He gave her a big smile and his teeth for a boxer were near perfect and white. He had no cauliflower ears or scar tissue around his eyes. He looked more like a movie star than a boxer. She kept on thinking to herself that he’d have ran off by the time she had paid for the loaf but there he was waiting when she came out.’

“So you are a boxer then?’

Yes does that bother you?’

“No, should it?’

“A lot of women do not like boxing they think that it is barbaric.’

“Not in my street they don’t,’ there’s a guaranteed fight every Saturday night where I live.’

 Michael laughed then said have you lived here all of your life.

Yes ever since I can remember yes.’

“Where do you come from?’

“I live in a little village called Holy Cross in Wallsend.’ Do you know it?’

No,’ should I.’

“Well if we are to get to know one another better isn’t it right that you should at least know where I live.’

“Who says that I want to get to know you?’

“I do, and in any case how are you going to get to see me fight if we don’t get to know one another.’

 I’m sure you’ll survive without me.’ What weight do you box at anyway?’

“I’m a light heavyweight 175 pounds.’

“You look more like a middleweight to me.’

“So you know a bit about boxing then.’

“Yes, my grandfather fought in Ron Taylor’s boxing booth in Newcastle.’

“What was his name?’

“Billy Bean but he went under the nickname of Bunker Bean being in the war and that like.’

My father talks about Bunker Bean; he fought Nell Tarleton and Kid Chocolate in none title fights and beat them both.’

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