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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“Alright Albert, you can have your full English on a Sunday but the sausage and bacon will be grilled and you can have scrambled eggs instead of fried ones.’

“Thanks love.’

“I will be cutting the rind off the bacon mind.’

“But that’s the best part, I like it done crispy.’

“Albert put on a clean shirt and tie and changed his trousers.’

“Give those shoes a polish, you know how fussy my mother is about her shag pile.’

Albert went underneath the sink then pulled out the box that he’d made at school in his woodwork class. He found the old rag for putting on the polish from the cherry blossom tin. He always had a problem flicking the lever to open it.

Eventually it popped open and he made a circular movement into the polish with his index finger then transferred it onto his slip on shoes. Albert massaged it into the creases and the stitching.

Before putting it down onto the kitchen floor and picking up the other. Once he was done he then took hold of the black brush and began to buff the shoes to a high shine.

Laura came into the kitchen to inspect them.

“That’s better, they look good as new now.’

I think you should give the cars a wash before we go don’t you.’’

“But Laura I’ve just changed.’

“Well change back again. I won’t got to my father’s house in a dirty car.’

“It’s not dirty, I only washed and waxed it last week.’

A week is a long time and it picks up a lot of dust going to work.’

“My Dad says that if a car is washed and waxed every week it will last far longer.’

“It’s got nothing to do with the cars appearance, it is the engine we have to worry about.’

“You had better check the oil as well then hadn’t you.’

“Albert raised his eyebrows, wishing he’d kept his mouth shut. He took off his clothes and put back on the ones he’d gone to his mother’s house in. he sniffed at them but could not smell bacon at all.

Then he filled a bucket with soapy water.

Take bobby out in his high chair so he can watch you Albert; I want him to see how you clean the cars. Bobby will have his own car when he’s old enough, you’ll see.’

“Albert carried the highchair out to the bottom of the path then went to get the bucket and his cloths and the Turtle wax. Then he lifted Bobby into the highchair. Laura stood at the door as Albert set about washing the cars he used a special brush to clean the wheels and he then dried them off with the rags. The bumpers were done then the bonnet and the doors. It was a glorious day Bobby was in his element being outside. He had his hat on that Albert’s mother had knitted for him to protect him from the sun’s rays. Mrs Ellis from next door came out.’

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