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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“Where have you been you dorty stop out?’ I hope you haven’t been with a woman all night.’

“Would you rather it had been with a man mother.’

“His mother clipped him across the ear, “don’t be bloody cheeky.’ Yer not too big to get a clip off me lad.’

“Where’s wor Evelyn off to all dolled up again?’

“Never you mind where she’s going.’

There was a knock on the front door and Judith Owen went to answer it.’

“Good morning Mrs Owen is Eve in?’

Michael was dressed casually in a pair of oxford bags and a pair of black loafers and a white Fred Perry short sleeved shirt. His hair was neatly combed and he was clean shaven.’

“Please come in I think she is just getting herself ready.

Michael followed Mrs Owen up the stairs and the first door you came to was the toilet then there was a separate bathroom and two bedrooms. The kitchen was to the right it was small but tidy. The vegetables had been peeled and put on the gas ready to cook. The smell from a joint of beef was coming from the oven.

“Would you like a nice cup of tea whilst you are waiting Michael?’

“A glass of water would be nice thank you, I don’t drink tea or coffee I’m afraid.’

 “You’re the first man I know that doesn’t drink tea or coffee.’

“I drink gallons of water though Mrs Owen.’

Judith went to the kitchen and ran the tap then filled a glass and brought it in.

“Thank you.’ Michael took a sip of the water and smacked his lips. “You cannot beat council pop.’

You’re still coming for lunch I hope; is there anything that you don’t like on your plate as I make everything. Cabbage, carrots, turnip, peas, and butter beans.’ Plus I’ll make some roast potatoes and mash.’ Do you like Yorkshire puddings?

“I shouldn’t, but I love them yes.’

“Good I’m glad about that because I make good Yorkshire’s.’

I cannot wait to taste them I’ve been on a strict diet for twelve weeks with training for that fight so it will be nice to indulge myself now that it’s over.

Well I will be putting it out around twelve thirty today because I’ve told my husband that he’s had enough drink last night and he’s to stay in today.’

“Don’t go changing your routine on my account Mrs Owen.’

“It’s not a problem is it Willie?’

“No, no; not really.’

“There then that’s settled now where’s Alan?’ 

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