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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“I wouldn’t go that far, but I do love acting.’

“Come I will drive you both home it’s getting late.’ I’m normally in bed at ten o’clock because I have to run five miles before breakfast.’

“It must be a hard life being a boxer.’

“It is, you have to be extremely fit or you could get hurt in there.’

They walked to the car park where Michael parked his car.’ It was a beat up Ford Cortina about eight years old.’

“It’s not top of the range said Michael but it’ll do for now.’ “One day I will have enough money to buy a new car, a house and maybe a business for myself after I retire.’ I mean… I can’t go on fighting forever can I?’

“I like a man who knows what he wants out of life Michael.’

Michael pulled out of the car park and headed towards North Shields.’

“So what do you do for a living then Willie?’

“I’m a roofing builder for James S Pearson.’

“How long have you been doing that?’

Since I left school; I was an apprentice then when I did my four year apprenticeship I joined my mate Les McCauley. That was twenty eight years ago now.’

“Did you not want to set up on your own?’ I mean you must know the game inside out now?’

“Aye,’ I do but you have to have a bit of capital behind you and a van wi ladders and tools.’

“I see.’

All I’ve ever done is manual labour whilst I was trying to make my name in a boxing ring.’

“No disgrace in that lad, its good honest work.’

Michael drove down Shields Road in Byker then down into Wallsend Past Swan Hunter’s ship building and repair yard.’

“What about you Eve.’

“I had a job in a butcher’s shop in Percy Main but when Eddie Sunigar died of a heart attack I got paid off. I work in a clothing factory now. You’re lucky to have a job because no one wants to employ you when you live in the Ridges.


“Well there’s a stigma attached to the place. They call it a slum area; a no go zone.’

“That’s absolute rubbish, you should never judge a book by its cover.’ The government should be doing more to help poor families.

“Don’t get me started about the Tories Michael; I’ve been a staunch Labour man aal my life.’

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