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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“A lot of folk don’t vote then they moan because nothing is ever done.’ Well we have a woman making her big mouth go now. That bloody Margret Thatcher. Who does she think she’s kiddin’ wi hor shopping basket and daft hair do and head scarf. She’s just conning the public she is. You just mark my words. People will rue the day they ever voted for a woman to lead the country.

“So you think she will win the next General Election Willie?’

Aye a do, and she will get a big majority an aal because people are daft enough to vote for the old bag.’ “We at the poorer end of scale always lose out when it comes to Government spending. It’s always cuts and more cuts when those buggers are in power.’

“Do you think that there is a North and South divide then?’

“Too bloody right I do.’ There always has and always will be.’

Michael drove past Percy Main Village and then turned left into the bottom end of what was now the Meadowell Estate. It was still called the Ridges by everyone who lived there. Those in the council thought by changing the names that it would change the people. Of course this was not the case.

Unemployment is becoming a big problem with one in every three people on the estate out of work.

“Benefit streets that’s what they called us in the House of Commons.’ Cheeky buggers.’

“There are streets like it all over the country Willie.’ It is up to us to try and help ourselves. That is what I am doing every time I run through these streets. I see the poverty and hardship that people endure and I’m not only fighting for myself in that ring but for every poor kid brought up around here. “I want to inspire them to rise up and better themselves.’

“Well I hope when you are rich and famous that you never forget your roots Michael.’ Something deep within you has made you the fighter that you are.’ I’ve seen it in your eyes as you step inside that ring.’ Never lose sight of where you came from and you will be champion of the world.’

“Let’s get the British title won first aye.’

Michael dropped them off at the house and got out to open the door so that Willie and Evelyn could get out.’

“Thank you Michael for a great night and don’t forget dinner tomorrow.’ I’m going in now Evelyn don’t be too long.’

Willie walked up the path and into the house.

“I had better let you get to bed too said Michael. I will see you around ten o’clock tomorrow where we can deliver the food I have in the back of the car to the neighbours.’

“Alright, thanks for tonight, I had a wonderful time she walked up to Michael and kissed his cheek then went down the path. Michael waited until she was safely in the house before getting back into the car and driving off. It had been a fantastic evening he’d made £12.000 pounds in less than ten minutes.’ And now he was going out with the prettiest girl he’d ever met.’


Bethany Wills and Wendy Crosier danced the night away with Alan and Vic. Harry was chatting up the girl that Bethany had brought over She was called Emma Noble and she was doing business studies at university. Harry told her how he planned to open his own shop selling his own furniture.

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