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 police returned and took statements from both children, they were told that they would have to go to court and tell the judge about their father and what he had done.

On the 17th of October 1962 Douglas Johnston stood in the dock at Newcastle crown court. He was charged with gross indecency and sexual perversion, sodomy, and buggery. The judge in the case was William Dunlop QC. To protect the innocence of the children no press were allowed in court and the identities of the children were never to be revealed. They were introduced in court as child A and child B. their father was removed from the court when they were giving evidence. The trial lasted four days after which Douglas Johnston pleaded guilty to all charges. He was sentenced to seven years imprisonment and he was also ordered upon his release that he never was to come in contact with his children again. If he was caught he would receive a maximum sentence of ten years.

Douglas Johnston was led away crying as they took him down.

He could not look his wife in the eye as the Judge passed sentence upon him. Doris spat in his face as he was led away.

The Johnston family were moved to Hartlepool where they were given a nice home to live in. They were also given new identities. Doris found work and she looked after her children on her own. She never re- married after her divorce in 1963.

Douglas Johnston went to HMP Strangeway’s in Manchester. He had served three years of his sentence when he was found hanging in his cell. The verdict was recorded as suicide but it was well known fact throughout the prison that the cons had got to him after it was discovered that he was a nonce beast who had sexually assaulted his own children.



Albert poured out the tea after hearing his wife go to the toilet. It was now eight o’clock and his son Bobby had left for work. Robert as he liked to be called at work was a teacher, he taught history at John Spence School on Beach Road. He went to his room and took out a clean shirt ready to put on. Looking in his drawer he found a blue tie that would go with the shirt. He found a pair of navy blue socks and put them on as he pulled out his black shoes from under the bed and placed his feet in them. Again his mind wondered back to that Friday when he made himself ready to meet the girl of his dreams. He remembered that he couldn’t decide on which shirt he should wear and what tie to wear with it. He decided on a white shirt and a red tie with his silver grey suit. He wore a black pair of boots that were being worn by the Beatles pop group who had burst on the scene from Liverpool in 1962 with the ”Song Love me Do.”

Everyone wanted a haircut like John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. Beatle mania swept the world and the group became very famous, so much so that they changed the way we listened to music. They experimented with different sounds and musical instruments. They wrote their own lyrics to songs and many others tried to copy them. Other groups like Gerry and the Pacemakers, the Hollies, the Searchers, followed. The Kinks, The Rolling Stones and The Who were also making a name for themselves. The younger generation were seen wearing flared trousers and psychedelic shirts and thick leather belts with studs. Young girls walked around with no bras on and had longer hair like pop stars Cher and Janice Joplin. They wore hippy hats dark glasses and wore flowers in their hair. The world had gone totally crazy thought Albert as he walked to the bus stop to meet Laura. It wasn’t a good night by all accounts because it was raining pretty heavily. It was a good job Albert had brought his brolly or else he would have been soaked to the skin.

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