LIKE MOTHER LIKE SON

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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Fighting was fierce and the the use of tools during the fights common place. The Fighting took place on the links and on the beaches away from the eyes of the police. The funny thing was everyone teamed up to fight the Scottish Skinheads who travelled by coach from Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Inverness. They again teamed up to go to the away football matches. Where they took on London’s hardest Skinheads. The Intercity Firm of Millwall and West ham crews were dealt with in clubs and pubs. All over the country Skinheads were responsible for a new wave of violence. Fights against Hells angels, bikers, hairiest, and greasers inspired Richard Allen to write “Skinhead” Joe Hawkins was the main character and of course everyone thought the character was modelled on them.

As the fashions changed and the skinhead movement faded out towards the middle of the 1970’s Ray became instrumental in bringing a new sound to the North East that was sweeping the county it was called Northern Soul.

Tamla motown sounds undispersed with soul created a movement that was not only pleasant to listen to but also to dance to.  Ray was also responsible for organising and running trips to Wigan Casino were large groups of fans travelled down with their own collections in little shoulder bags with a Northern Soul logo on the front. They sold, swapped and played a range of songs that they liked. Ray knew it was a growing movement where people danced for hours spinning around in oxford bag trousers and highly polished shoes.’ They drank bottled water and snorted coke in the toilets. It was big money with the casino charging five pounds to get in. security was heavily enforced and those caught fighting were thrown out. The bouncers were making a lot of money selling uppers and downers, as well as coke and cannabis resin. The dancing continued way into the early hours and the dance floor was covered in sweat. Talc was used so that the guys and girls who were dancing could perform the spins and summersaults to the sounds that Ray and other DJ’s played. When the night was over everyone headed back to the coach. They talked incessantly about the new tracks that they had either bought or swapped.

Alan gave Ray a massive bear hug then asked him how it was going.’

“Sound mate, I’m still packing them in as you can see.’

“Come on then Ray who‘s up for grabs tonight?’

“Well, there’s a couple over there who look as if they might be game Alan.’

“There not married are they asked Vic?’

Who cares said Alan.’

“You never change Alan; you’d shag a warm scarf if it were lying down.’

Two women were looking over in their direction, they looked in their late twenties to early thirties.

“Prime meat said Alan as he went to the bar and bought two cold bottles of Newky Brown. He handed Vic a bottle and rather than pour it into a half pint glass he just swigged it from the bottle.’

“Come on we’re going over.’

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