LIKE MOTHER LIKE SON

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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“How do you plan to bring about changes if you are elected Miss Owen?’

 By using the money claimed by local councillors for expenses.’ “I also will put a stop to all the free drink and buffets that the council pays for out of tax payer’s money.

“How much do you figure this will save the tax payer per year?’

 “There are 60 councillors in the Tyneside Borough alone they claim on average £49.000 pounds per year that is without other expenses taken into account. I think I could save the council over £4 million pounds per year. That money could be used to help poor families who are desperately in need of clothing, food, and better housing. Britain today needs to address poverty.’ We as a nation cannot bury our heads in the sand and say that poverty does not exist because it does; and it’s time that the government recognises this.’ There are Estates like the Meadowell all over British isles if I can set a president and put an end to all the freebies and false expense claims we will save this government millions of pounds and the money can be put to better use.’

The press were writing everything she had said down and were in awe at the figures she had quoted.’ Michael thanked everyone then whisked Evelyn away to the celebration party where again there was a mountain of food on show. Evelyn looked at Michael and he knew right away what was going on in her head. He walked straight to the catering manager and asked that all the food be boxed up and that a van be supplied to deliver the food tomorrow morning at Evelyn’s address. There was twice as much food on offer as the last time. So many families would get something to eat.

Michael made sure that he was there on the Sunday morning along with his Lonsdale belt. Somehow the press got wind of it and there was photos in all the newspapers. The Daily Telegraph called them the most charitable people in Britain as Michael and Evelyn ensured that this time every family at the bottom end of the Meadowell got something to take home to eat.

The Daily Mail had the headline charity champs. And soon after the evening chronicle wanted to know who the woman was who was giving away food.  Offers from supermarkets and other stores followed and soon there was a centre set up where poor families could go and get a bag of food to help them out. Evelyn Owen was being talked about in the House of Commons and when she stood in the May local election of 1978 she won a resounding victory. She was a hero to all where she lived and when interviewed by the press urged all councils to follow her lead. James Callaghan the prime Minister met with Evelyn and soon after she became a Labour party MP. She fought tirelessly for changes to child benefit and brought about changes to the social security system for poorer families.

Michael and Evelyn were married in June 1978 and over two thousand people gathered outside the church in North Shields. They all cheered as she got into the car with her new husband.

The reception was held in the Grand Hotel in Tynemouth and they spent their honeymoon in Portugal.

Whilst they were away Norman was in talks with Ricardo De Lugo the chairman of the EBU (European Boxing Union) and Eduardo Alverez the manager of Carlos Mendoza. Norman suggested that the La Maestranza the largest bullring in Spain be the perfect venue it had a capacity of over 12.000 and that with the right promotion could fill the stadium. A meeting was set up and on July 29th Michael signed a contract to fight Mendoza in the bullring. Michael would receive £300.000 for the fight after taxes and expenses were taken out. Michael had complained that now he was making big money that 25% was too much for his manager to be taking out. Norman argued that it was him who was doing all the negotiations and publicity. 

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