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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You haven’t left bobby on his own Albert have you.’

“He’s only in his highchair outside the door Laura.’

“You must never leave him alone, ever do you hear me.’ He’s not strapped in, what if he tries to climb out.’

“Yes alright,’ I will go and get him, don’t worry.’

“Men” They just haven’t the sense they were born with said Laura to Edith.’

Albert ran outside and Bobby was still playing with Ted his toy. He smiled then took hold of him.’

“Mummy was worrying for nothing wasn’t she.’

Albert brought him into the living room and placed him on the floor, suddenly he rolled onto his stomach and raised his head up.’

“It won’t be long before he’s creeping around Laura said Edith then you will have to watch him like a hawk.’

“Have you got a fire guard because he will try to put his little fingers into the gas fire? I’m sure we kept ours, it’s in the loft. I will get Philip to bring it down later for you.’

“Thank you we will give you something for it.’

“No you can have it.’ We will never use it again. Children and grandkids are all up now.’

Anyway I will let you both get on I’m baking a nice chocolate cake. Maybe you can pop in for a coffee and a nice piece of cake tomorrow.’

“I work Edith, but I would love to call in after work.’

Philip goes off to his camera club at seven so any time after that would be nice.’

“Okay then, I’ll pop in at 7-30 p.m.

Laura saw Edith to the door as Albert got himself washed and changed into his clean clothes. He put his shirts and other whites from the washing basket into the washing machine with some Ariel washing powder and set it away. Laura retouched her lipstick and then put on a cardigan. It was far too hot for a coat. She filled a bag with everything that she would need for the baby then asked if Albert was ready.’

“What time is it?’

“Put on your watch I bought you Albert.’

Albert went into the bedroom and picked up his Casio digital watch and checked the time before putting it on his wrist. It was now one o’clock and they would be heading off soon. Charlie would be at his pigeon club meeting then he’d call in to the New York Social club for a pint before coming home for his dinner. It was the one meal Elizabeth made, most of the week Charlie ate a ready meal that was pronged and then placed into the microwave. He went to the canteen at work where they had a nice selection of home cooking on the menu, in the morning at ten o’clock he usually slipped away from his welding in the yard to get himself a nice bacon sandwich in a bun and a hot cup of tea. Charlie looked forward to a cooked Sunday roast it was either a pork leg or a large chicken that she bought from Marks and Spencer’s in town on her daughter’s discount card. 

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