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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The van pulled up outside the house in Cedarwood Avenue. Les McCauley got out then knocked on the door of his friend and work mate Willie Owen.’

Willie came rushing down the stairs then said sorry to Les as they both headed out to the van.’

“Where we at today mate?’

“We’ve got a double garage roof to strip and relay with some new bitumen.’ It’s in Daisy Hill.’


“Sherwood Crescent.’

“Didn’t wi do a hoose there last year?’

“Aye it was that plonky who lived at number 37.’

Aye Eddie what’s his name.’

“Eddie Brundle.’

“Aye I remember noo cos’ it was you who said that he was a right bar fly remember.’

“Who hoose are we doing today then asked Willie as they drove past the Duke of Wellington past the Tyne tunnel and then past the moving staircase into Wallsend.’

“Yer call him George Leslie a retired ex- army man by aal accounts.’

“I hope that he isn’t ganna talk aboot the war all day.’

“Let’s get up on that roof before he winds his tongue up.’

“Right as soon as we get there, let’s get the ladder up and the gear onto the garage quick before he comes out.’

“Get the bloody radio on an aal and turn it reet up so if he does come out to start yakking’ we can say that we cannot hear him.’

They drove through Wallsend and Segadunum the newly discovered old Roman ruin then went around at the roundabout and left onto Sherwood Crescent.’

What number is it?’

“Eighty seven I think, it’s hard to read Jimmy Pearson’s writing.’

“Here give me a butcher’s I’ll tell you.’

Willie squinted as he tried to make out the illegible scribble. It looks more like eighty three to me said Willie after scanning the page for what seemed an age.’

“Bugger it,’ we are going to have to knock now aren’t we.’

Les drove to number eighty three first Willie jumped out then ran up the path and banged on the door.

A few minutes later this old man came to the door. He looked at Willie and said have you come to do the job?’

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