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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“Aye said Willie putting up his thumb to Les who then got out of the van and proceeded to get the ladders off the roof rack.

“Would you like to come in said the old man?’ You’re a bit late aren’t you he said you’d be here at 8 a.m.

“No thanks, we will get straight on if you don’t mind.’

“What did you say?’ you’ll have to speak up I’m a little deaf. It was the shelling during the war you know.’

“Aye it was a nasty business, well we must get on.’ He shouted loud enough so the man could hear him.’

Les lay the ladder up against the garage and then Willie stood on the bottom rung as Les scaled it.

Once up on the roof He held it as Willie brought out everything they needed to do the job.’

The lit the blow torch after placing the gear on the other side of the double garage and began heating the felt ready for removal with an industrial scraper.

They turned on the radio to full volume listening to a sixties music station. Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones were belting out “Get off of my Cloud” as a window opened above them.’

“Hello shouted the old man, would you both like a cup of tea?’

“No thanks said Les, we’ve another job to do after this.’

“Well give me a shout when you want to come inside.’

“Aye alright sergeant said Les who gave the old man a salute.’

The window closed again and Willie set about stripping the old bitumen from the roof whilst Les heated a piece that he’d measured to replace the old.’

Then Willie climbed down and lit the gas ring under the big pot of tar. It quickly began to melt and the smell from it filled the air. Once it had melted Willie filled a bucket then spread it onto the flat roof. It was spread out like butter then the piece of now softened bitumen put in place and flattened with a large rubber mallet. The other side was then heated whilst Les joined the two bits of felt together with some tar to seal the join so that no water would get in.

They had begun to strip the other side when the window opened again and the man asked them what they were doing.’

Not be long now soldier said Les with a wink.’

“When are you coming in to do my boiler?’

“No Willie laughed, we aren’t here to do your boiler we are the roofer’s to do your garage.’

“Garage”, but I don’t need my garage doing.’

You rang James S Pearson didn’t you?’

“No, I rang British gas.’

Look Mr Leslie we’ve been told to come here and do a job.’

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