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.


14. 14

The rain ran down the back of his black raincoat that he also took to work with him just in case. The scout motto was “Always be prepared”

Laura was standing at the bus stop as he got there.’

“Sorry I’m late, this blasted weather held me up.’ My brolly kept blowing inside out.’

“I was beginning to think that you weren’t coming.’

“Well I’m here now, shall we go.’

Laura had on a white mackintosh with a tie belt at the front and a transparent tie on a hat that stopped her hair from getting wet. Albert shared his brolly as they made their way across the road to the Haymarket cinema. They looked at the bill boards on the wall where there was two comedy’s on “Carry on Regardless” with Sid James and Kenneth Williams and “On the Fiddle.” Starring Alfred Lynch, Sean Connery, and Stanley Holloway.

“What do you think Laura?’

“No,’ I don’t fancy watching those.’

“Alright then we’ll walk down to “The Odeon’ and see what’s on there.’ They walked across the zebra crossing to the other side passing a statue of Eros then walking down Northumberland Street.

The rain had eased now as they came to Blacket Street they crossed over then walked up the steps out of the rain. Albert shook the droplets of rain from his brolly then pressed a button near the handle and it went down. He then used the strap to tie it up. Laura asked the usher who was standing inside the cinema what was the best film to watch.’

“They are both good Miss; don’t be fooled by “The Guns of Navarone.’ it is an extremely good film. And “No Love for Johnny.’ Is a political satire which has won two film awards?’ It stars Peter Finch.’ If you hurry you will just catch the start.’

“Shall we then asked Albert?’

“Alright, I’m not really liking war films but I don’t fancy walking to the Essoldo.’

“Laura removed her hat as Albert held the door for her.’

He went to the ticket booth and was about to buy the cheapest tickets when Laura stopped him.’

“I won’t sit in the flea pit Albert, We’ll have two seats on the balcony please.’ the girl in the kiosk gave her a look like poison then handed her the tickets.’

Albert had to pay twice the price for the balcony seats and then walked to the back in a quiet corner.

“We will sit here Albert said Laura; we can see better from here at the front.’

The usher led them to the seats just as the curtains opened. They both removed their rain coats and rested them over the balcony. Then sat down on the automatic seats that lifted up once you stood up.

“This is more comfortable don’t you think said Laura.’

Albert went to put his arm around Laura then decided against it. He sat back placing his hands on his own knees.’ Laura’s eyes never left the screen as she sat transfixed through the first film. “Would you like any toffee popcorn asked Albert in the intermission?’

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