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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That Saturday afternoon Albert drove Elizabeth to the airport and carried her cases to the check in. she didn’t hang around and said goodbye to Laura before heading to the bar in the departure lounge. Turning she said she’d call her as soon as she was settled.

Laura had told Albert that it would be more practical to live in the house that was paid for rather than paying rent. In fact Bobby’s name was put on the rent book after a chat down at the rent office.

They spent a few hours packing clothes they left everything else to Bobby who would need them anyway. They moved into her old home on Kenton Road and the neighbours all welcomed her back.

Laura seemed a lot happier being in her old house. It had been almost three years since they had slept together and at last things got back on track.

Laura rang her mother every weekend to check to see if she was alright. She rang Bobby every night too. He was now in the middle of his dissertation ready for graduation. He had no doubts that he would pass, but he wanted distinctions. He had written to different schools in the area asking if there were any teaching posts coming up for a teacher of English.

He got a call a month later from a Mr Bruce Summersgill who was head of Marden Bridge High School in Cullercoats asking him to bring his resume. The interview went well and he was offered a teaching post with a starting wage of £20.000. That was four hundred pounds per week. He rang his mother and told her the news. She was delighted for him and asked when he would start.

“September mother.’ I graduate in June and this little bar job I have will tide me over until I get my first wage packet.’

“Let me know if you need anything Bobby.’

“I will mother.’

Laura shouted through the patio windows at Albert who was now in the back garden sorting out winter bedding plants.’

Albert came to the door and asked what was going on.’

“Bobby has got a teaching job at Marden Bridge in Cullercoats.’

“Bloody Marvellous tell him.’

“Your father says marvellous.’

I will see you on Sunday for dinner we will kill the fatted calf in celebration.’

“I’ll bring the wine then said Bobby.’ See you Sunday then after I’ve been to the garden to sort my pigeons out.’

“Don’t be late will you.’ Two thirty I will be putting it out on the table.’

“I won’t be late mother, don’t panic.’

Bobby hung up then got on with his final dissertation.

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