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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“Don’t you go spoiling things Harry?’ if she likes this man let nature take its course.’ We will only frighten her away from him if we carry on taking the mick.’

“His father laughed out loud; and Harry asked what was funny.’

“He’s only called Michael Clements.’

“Oh I see said Harry.’    

Harry went into the kitchen and poured himself a bowl of cornflakes splashed some milk from the carton then sprinkled some sugar over them.

The crunchiness of the cornflakes tantalised his taste buds as he gobbled up the cereal before going to bed for work in the morning.

As usual it was Alan who was the last in; he hung up his coat on the handle of the door then walked unsteadily to the kitchen. He made himself a cup of tea and opened a packet of McVities Chocolate digestive biscuits and placed four on a plate then went into his room without a word to either his mother or father. He was drunk and fought to stay upright as he removed his shoes then undid his trousers. He let them drop before kicking them to one side and removing his shirt. Sitting on the edge of the bed he ate the biscuits. Dunking them into his tea leaving a chocolate ring around the cup. He slid under the sheet and then turned out the light.


Later that week and envelope was pushed through the door with a note and six tickets to attend the Mayfair ballroom for an evening of professional boxing.

Evelyn read the short note over and over; which simply said: looking forward to seeing you after the fight. Michael. Her father and two brothers were excited that they were going to a professional boxing tournament and told all their mates. Judith gave Alan the spare ticket because she did not like to watch boxing so Vic Armstrong was given the ticket.

They were all ready to go on the Saturday night apart from Evelyn who could not decide what dress to put on. She thought the one she wore for her aunts wedding anniversary was to dressy for a boxing tournament so she decided to just wear a pair of smart black trousers with a slight flare in them and a white blouse and black jacket with a nice brooch that had been given to her from her grandmother. She combed her long fair hair and placed a white decorative band around it so it hung like a pony tail she put some hair spray on the front. She wore very little eye make-up apart from some mascara and a little darker shade of blue eye shadow to match the colour of her eyes. The soft peach lipstick she was wearing made her look stunning. She looked at herself in the long mirror in the room as her father and brothers were shouting outside for her to hurry up or they would miss the first bout and the bus. When she walked out her father let out a soft whistle.

“My wor Evelyn you look a picture, you look just like your mother when we first met.’

“You look beautiful Evelyn said Harry. Michael won’t be able to concentrate on the fight for looking at you.’

Alan just said come on or we’re ganna miss the bus.’

They walked up the street and Vic Armstrong came sprinting along to the bus stop. Then as the bus pulled in they waited until the conductor let them on. He gave Evelyn a look as she got on.

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