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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“Here look at his birth certificate, he’s yours alright.

Alan threw on the un- ironed shirt and stormed out of the house. He didn’t stop running until he reached the house at the top of Bridge Road South. He kept knocking on the door until he heard someone coming.

Maggie Mulholland stood in the doorway.’

“Where’s Susan.’

She doesn’t want to see you.’

“Susan” he shouted through the open door, come out I want to talk to you.’

“Susan came out and told her mother that it was alright.’

“What’s the meaning of dumping your kid at my house?’

“He’s your son too you know, and you promised to give me £5.00 a week that’s £60 pounds that you owe me in maintenance payments. “Now until you pay up you can look after your own son.’

“Come on Susan be reasonable, how am I going to look after a kid if I have to go to work?’

“That is your problem until you pay me what you owe me Tom stays with you.’

Susan slammed the door and went back into the house.’

“I’ll get the bloody money.’

“He walked back around to his house. Going back upstairs he saw his father and mother playing with the child.’

“She want’s money mam, money I haven’t got.’

“You mean money you are not prepared to give.’ Look here son, you have a responsibility here whether you like it or not. ‘

“That child is yours no two ways about it and you are going to play a part in his up keep do you hear me lad said his father. Now how much is she askin’ for.’

“Five pound a week.’

“Five pound, Christ you got off lightly didn’t you.’

“How much do you owe her asked his father?’

“Sixty pound.’

Willie opened his wallet and counted out one hundred pounds. “Give her that; and tell her that we want to see Tom every weekend. You will ensure that my grandson is looked after.’ Now get yourself around there and give her that money.

Alan went to pick up the baby and his father stopped him.

“He stays here until seven o’clock; you can ask her to pick him up then.

“Alan took the money then ran back up the street.’

This time when he knocked Susan came to the bedroom window and popped her head out.’

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