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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“No not really, I think the cut got to me Harry because I knew how serious it was.’ No disrespect to Michael but I would have given him a better fight if my eye had not been cut so early on.’

“So where do you go from here Danny?’

I guess I will be looking for another fight with Michael or even a fight with Ronnie Hayes. I’m only twenty six so I have time to come back again.’  Who knows, Mendoza may fancy his chances against me instead of Michael.

“That cannot be right when Michael is the legitimate challenger.’

There’s nothing stranger than boxing Harry, you should know that. You’ve been commentating on boxing since before I was born.’

“It doesn’t make it right though does it Danny. Would you have liked it if Mendoza had sidestepped you in favour of a fight with Michael when you were the official challenger?’

“It has been done many times before, Look at Brian Hyland he got a European title shot at heavy weight they sidestepped Jack Bodell when Jose Urtain was the champion.’

Harry Carpenter knew that he had opened up a can of worms and he cut Danny Francis off.

“Thank you Danny,’ and good luck for the future.’

“Danny got up and walked away to his dressing room.

“There you have it; Michael Clements wins the British light heavyweight title in record time. He hardly broke sweat as he knocked out Danny Francis in under a round.’ Thank you for watching Sports night goodnight.’

Michael went back to his dressing room; he showered and changed then went to meet his parents carrying the Lonsdale belt so that they could see it.

Evelyn kissed Michael in front of everyone. Fans came and asked for autographs when they were swept up in a sea of people all trying to get in first as they were photographed together by the press. Again Michael gave an interview.

“So what are your plans now that you are the new British Champion?’  I see that you have a beautiful looking girl with you have you been going out together very long?’

“She is actually my fiancé and we plan to get married real soon. First though I am going to take a nice relaxing holiday and forget about boxing.

Will you be taking your fiancé with you; what’s your name love?’

“Evelyn Owen.’

“You look younger than Michael how old are you Evelyn? Are you a model?’

“The press seemed more interested in Evelyn than Michael.’

Michael thought this was an ideal opportunity to get Evelyn noticed and said “Evelyn is running for local council and hopes one day to be an MP.’

The press was now really interested and spent a good half an hour talking with her about the issues that she felt so strongly about. Evelyn mentioned the Meadowell Estate and the conditions that people were living in.

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