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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The knock on the door in Cedarwood Avenue had a sense of urgency about it. Repeated banging brought Judith Owen running down the passage then down the stairs to answer it.’

When she opened the door standing there was a young woman holding a baby in one arm and a large hold all in the other.’ She set the bag down before she spoke.

“Is your Alan in the young woman asked with venom in her voice?’

“No he’s out at the moment, can I help you?’

“Aye you can, I need to see Alan right away.’ 

“Your Maggie Mulholland’s daughter aren’t you?’

“What if I am?’

“Nothing I was just saying.’

“Look here Mrs Owen your son owes me maintenance money. He’s never paid me owt for his son since he was born and he’s nion seven months old now.’ “I cannot afford to feed and clothe him so here you look after him.’ His names Thomas Owen by the way and his names on his birth certificate there.’ Your Alan is the father, ask him. Susan Mulholland thrust the child into Judith’s arms then walked down the path and out the gate. She stopped outside of it the said. “Let’s see how he copes now when he has a child to look after.’

Wait do you want to come inside, I’ll make you a cup of tea.’

“Tea and sympathy won’t work wi me Mrs Owen. Let Alan take some responsibility for his actions.’

“It takes two to tango you know shouted Judith as Susan Mulholland disappeared around the corner.

Judith looked down on the child in her arms; there was no mistake alright, the child was the spit and double of Alan when he was at that age. The neighbours were all at their windows and Judith turned and said: “what you lot all gawping at.’ Have you got nowt else to do but neb on other people’s business. She turned then used her foot to shut the door and went upstairs with the child.

“Willie asked what all the shouting and bawling was about.’

“It’s our Alan he’s gone and got Maggie Mulholland’s daughter in the family way. This is his son Tom. You said that you always wanted a grandchild well here you are you got one. Judith handed the child over to her husband.’

“What am I to do with him?’

“You can change him for starters, he’s shit himself by the smell of him.’

“Where are you goin’?’

“Am goin’ to get the bloody bag she left wi all of his things in it. She dumped them on the doorstep before she left.’

Judith went back down stairs and grabbed the bag with clothes and disposable nappies and a bottle with a tin of milk formula inside.

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