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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Mickey was still seeing Evelyn at the time but as the fight date would draw ever closer he would not see her at all for at least four weeks.

When Mickey had showered and changed he went home his mother had cooked him a steak, with a baked potato, vegetables with gravy. After eating he went to pick up Evelyn they were going to Newcastle University to see a play by Alan Bennett performed by the students. It was called “The History Boys.” Michael and Evelyn had enjoyed the play at the Theatre Royal where they had seen “Once a Bold Collier” by David Allen. The play focussed on a coal mine lock out in 1929 and the subsequent rebellion that ensued. Even though this was only an amateur production it was very well acted. The only drawback was that Michaels grasp of French wasn’t that good. He’d taken it in Burnside school in First and second year but had dropped the subject in his final year. He thought that he’d never use the language. How wrong he was. Evelyn on the other hand had remembered most of her French lessons. She was able to translate for him.

They came out of the theatre having enjoyed the production. It hadn’t cost them that much either so that was a bonus. Michael went to the car park and got into his new Ford Cortina. It was cherry red in colour and he’d bought it from a dealer for £2.000 pounds. He was lucky in that the car had only had one careful owner and that the mileage was very minimal.

Michael drove them down to the Newcastle Quayside and then got out. He walked silently along the River Tyne looking out at the ships moored there.

After a while it was Evelyn who broke the silence.’

“What’s wrong she asked?’

“Nothing I was just thinking.’

“Thinking what?’

Well you know that I’ve never really considered what I would do if I got seriously injured in the ring until I met you.’ Now it seems that’s all I do.’

“You have to put that out of your mind Michael; listen you knew the risks when you became a boxer right?’

Yes but…

Well there is no difference from then until now. You area capable fighter who has a punch in either hand or so you tell me. So put away any doubts that you may have. This is the biggest fight of your life and one that could change your life forever. Financially you should be well off. Don’t let doubt ruin your career before it’s even begun.’

“You know with you by my side I can conquer the world.’

“And you will Michael; you are on the cusp of greatness now; three or four more fights and you could be fighting for the World title. You won’t have to look over your shoulder again and everyone will know your name.’

I was going to ask you something.’


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