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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“Whey divven’t do owt daft will yer. You don’t want to get yersel locked up when the Toon have just got through to quarter final of the FA cup.’

“It will be just like you to be doing time if we get to the final. I diven’t want to gan to Wembley on my own.’

“Don’t worry Alan laughed, there’s nae chance of that happening.’

“What you going to Strangeway’s nick?’

“No you divvy; the Toon getting to the final.’

“Yer never know; a few lucky goals could make all the difference.’

Walking to Percy main they went to St Johns Street where Ned’s shed was.

“If this is shite we’ll get a taxi to King Street Club.’

There was a middle aged man wearing leather bomber jacket left open because his beer belly was hanging over his pants, he wore dark glasses, and leather gloves as he stood at the door trying to look hard. He was chewing gum and combing what was left of his hair as Alan and Vic just walked past him.’

“Here you two it’s a quid each to get in.’

“Is it said Alan who was now eyeball to eyeball with the bouncer. He reached up and took off the man’s glasses and looked him straight in the eye. “We are just havin’ a look to see who’s in so don’t sweat old man.’

“Who you callin’ old you fuckin’ prick.’

“Look mate, you must be about sixty, you are fat, and you have a comb over to hide your baldy head. Do yourself a favour and stop kidding yourself that you are a hard man.’ Just let us past before you are suppin’ soup through a straw in hospital.’

“Go on then get yourselves in but no bother mind.’

Alan just smirked as he walked past the man and into the bar he could hear music coming from the room and made his way to the door.

Looking inside he saw his mate Ray Butters who was running a disco for some hen night. The nion six feet seven black kid had been good friends with both Alan and Vic since they were skinheads in 1969 and went to the Spanish City of a weekend together Dressed in Levi Sta- Pressed trousers Ben Sherman checked shirts and the Red and black coloured Dr Martens boots that were polished to a high shine they danced to the reggae sounds of Trojan records and Ska beats at the Zone 22 and the Aletza Ballroom on the Esplanade. These were the only venues big enough to hold large crowds. Ray scared the shit out of the big lamp, Scotswood, and Long Benton crews as they came down to the Spanish city looking for trouble. The NSAB (North Shields Agro Boys) as they were known were fearless. Headed by some of the hardest lads from the Ridges Estate. Tony Asiamah, Dolly, Dinky, Jimmy Barron, Arma, Heedy, Macca’s, Geordie Shotton, and Terry Patterson a young boxer who brought with him the Decker brothers Jeff and Isaac who were also boxers got in some extracurricular activities. The sixty or so members of the NSAB Skinhead movement teamed up with the Whitley bay, Cullercoats, Wallsend and Daisy hill mobs until there was well over a hundred and fifty young men all ready for a battle. 

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