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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Laura spent a lot of time after work going to her mother’s house. At weekends Albert went to look after the gardens at the house. It wasn’t appreciated by Elizabeth though, Albert knew that he’d never win her over no matter how he tried.

She had had a letter from the shipyard offering her £40.000 to settle out of court. Elizabeth was going to accept it until Laura told her to seek legal advice. An appointment was made for her and she went to see Calvin Blake from Blake & Sheridan Solicitors. Blake advised not to accept the offer and to hold out as once the enquiry was completed she would stand to gain a substantial amount. Because of the endowment that Charlie had taken out on the house Elizabeth had nothing to pay apart from the water rates, electric, Gas, and food bills. The private pension her husband had also taken out plus her own pension more than covered that. Blake told her that she would be a wealthy woman once this was settled. The shipyard was found to be at fault for not ensuring the safety of the men on board the Orlova it had taken some two and a half years battling through the courts but the shipyard finally accepted responsibility for the death of Charles Millsap. His widow was awarded £170.000 pounds plus costs. Elizabeth was silent in court until the circumstances of her husband’s death were read out. She took out a handkerchief from her hand bag and wiped the non-existent tears from her eyes and made a whimpering sound so that the jury could see how grieved she was. The judge ordered that the shipyard ensure that an accident of this nature never happened again.

The following week the money was paid into the Trustee’s savings bank and Elizabeth went on a spending spree. She bought herself new clothes, shoes, handbags and coats. Then she visited a travel agency and booked a week in Ibiza. Albert and Laura looked after the house and garden whilst she sunned herself on the golden beaches and sipped on sangria on the veranda of the hotel plaza. When she returned Elizabeth had made enquiries out in Spain. She had decided that she was going to buy an apartment over there for £40.000. The two bedroom apartment in Escana was low maintenance. It was perfect for the older person with no swimming pool or gardens to look after. There was a balcony where she could sit out on if she wished. Elizabeth had already made friends with several English people there who had retired and were just enjoying the relaxed atmosphere and the beaches which weren’t a stone’s throw from her apartment. The bars and restaurants were handy and she could buy a meal with a drink included cheaper than cooking one.

“Mother what is going to happen to your house?’

“You can live in it. It is bigger than your house plus it’s a better area too.’

“Are you not coming back to England mother?’

“Whatever for dear, there are only bad memories for me here and I want to live a little before I depart this world.’ I mean,’ there’s no point in having money in the bank if you cannot enjoy it is there?’

“When are you leaving?’

“As soon as I can get a flight.’ “Sergio Famagusta and Janice Oliver are sorting out the sale of the apartment for me. They live next door to me and are wonderful.’

“You could always come for a holiday Laura.’ I make a fair bit in interest on my money and I still get both your father’s and my own pension. It’s as cheap as chips out there to live. And look at the tan you get.’ I feel totally refreshed out there unlike here with the rain and the winds and freezing snow.’ “No it’s decided,’ Spain is going to be my new home.’

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