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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There were portable heaters for the winter months inside the shed. A sink had been rigged up to the water supply and there was a portable stove to heat water and make tea or cook on if need be.

Bobby sat in his grandfather’s chair and he felt a warmth, a kind of presence. It was if his grandfather was there with him. He smiled contentedly as the pigeons flew around and around the garden.

It was after nine o’clock when he said goodnight to Blister. He locked the gate then got into his car and drove home.

Laura came running out to greet him and hugged him in the street.’

“Are you alright Bobby, I was getting worried.’

I went to the garden of remembrance then to granddad’s allotment.’

“I saw Blister there and we had a good chat about your dad mostly. I’m going to keep the garden on and still race granddad’s pigeons.’ Blister is going to help me when I’m at Uni’

“I hope you won’t be spending half of your life in that garden just like my dad did.’

“There’s worse things mother.’

“I’ve made mince and dumplings, I didn’t know whether or not you had eaten anything.’

“I stopped off at a motorway café at lunchtime mother.’

“Where’s dad?’

“Need you ask, he’s pottering on in the garden. Come in and I’ll put dinner out; we’ve been waiting for you to arrive.’

Bobby went straight into the back garden to see his father.’

“Hi Dad,’

Hi Son, I see you got home alright then.’ What was the traffic like?’

“Just a couple of tailbacks; there was a motorbike crash in Leeds.’

“Not serious I hope.’

“An impatient driver pulled out and never saw the motorbike.’ They rushed him straight to hospital it looked pretty bad.’ “Anyway how are you?’

Much the same as ever, your mother though is still a bit delicate you know, with what happened with her father and all.’

“Tragic wasn’t it.’

“I guess there will be a big enquiry into why it happened son.’

“If there wasn’t enough safety equipment on hand then the shipyard will be responsible. It will cost them a lot of money.’

“I reckon it will son.’

Gran will be well taken care of once this is all settled.’

 One things for sure Laura or you won’t see any of it you watch.’

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