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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 “And for you Eve?

“Lemonade please.’

“How about a glass of champagne, after all this is supposed to be a celebration.’

“Go on then I don’t think one glass will do me any harm, I’ve never had champagne before.’

“It’s better than lemonade.’ “Give me a large whiskey and a bottle of your finest champagne please said Michael to the waiter.’

There was a table full of food and Mickey asked if they would like anything.’

“Are you having anything Michael asked Evelyn?’

“Oh yes, I’ve not eaten since lunch time and I’m hungry now.’

Michael handed both Evelyn and her father a plate and told them not to be shy and take whatever there was on offer. Willie was spoilt for choice as there was so much food on the table s that went right around the room. Evelyn picked up the utensil and filled a plate with salad and a piece of chicken breast with some coleslaw.

“Is that all you are having asked Michael as he filled his plate with protein.

“Willie didn’t know where to start he ate some fresh salmon, large prawns, lobster, and then had some chicken and some other cold meats.

“What will happen to all that food after we go said Evelyn?’

“More than likely it will be thrown out.’

“What a waste of good food, the people in my street could live for a week on what is on offer here.’

Really, just a moment then. Michael had a word with the manager and the food was then placed into several cardboard boxes. After being neatly wrapped up it was then placed into the boot of Michael’s car.

“There you are Evelyn you can feed your friends with all of this food tomorrow.’

“Thank you.’

“The hotel supplied the food so thank them.’

“Will you come with me tomorrow and help me distribute it around the doors.’

“I would love to.’

“I will take it home and store it in my fridge I have one of those big American ones and first thing in the morning I’ll come around and we can then share it out how’s that.

“You are a generous man Michael.’

“Charity begins at home I say; these people here tonight don’t know what it is like to go without?’ They walk around in their fancy tuxedo’s and spend vast sums on champagne and gamble thousands of pounds on fights and think nothing of it if they lose.’

“I have learned to appreciate everything that has come my way. I am one of the lucky ones I was born with a gift. I can punch hard with either hand.

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