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.


20. 20

He was wearing the new suit that she’d picked out for him and the new leather shoes. He looked into the mirror at himself. He’d been to have a haircut before getting ready to go to the car dealers. He was clean shaven and smelled of cologne which had been purchased from her perfumery at a discounted price. The scarlet coloured car certainly turned heads as he drove up the Coast Road with the top down. It was a lovely sunny afternoon and Albert felt like a millionaire. He drove around to the back of the shop and parked in the back lane then went inside. He walked with an air of confidence as he asked one of the tall girls where Laura was. The girls liked what they saw and engaged him in conversation. Then Laura saw him. Her man was dressed the way she wanted and she approached him then kissed him full on the mouth in front of the whole shop. The long lingering kiss was the first of many he hoped as the others looked on at the handsome man who had come to pick Laura up.

“I take it you got the car then Laura finally said.’

“Yes,’ your carriage awaits malady; go get your coat and I’ll take you for a drive down the coast.’

When Laura saw the car she put her arms around Albert and kissed him again.’

“Look I have even got my own number plate.’

Laura looked at it then slid into the passenger side.

Albert got in then started the engine and it purred like a soft kitten. He drove out of the lane then around to Blacket Street then he turned right to the Haymarket.  The staring eyes of people as he drove past them gave him a feeling of complete contentment. He could see them gazing at his number plate and then whispering to their friends.

They drove down to Seaton Delaval and parked outside the Delaval Arms then he got out and opened the door for Laura and they went into the pub and had a meal and a drink.’

“It had taken him six years to save up the total needed to buy a car but it had been worth the wait. All he wanted now was to marry the girl of his dreams. They ate and chatted all through the meal and for once Laura was relaxed and talking completely like the first time he’d met her.

“You must come to my house tonight and meet my parents.’

“Alright, will they be in?’

“Yes of course; now when you speak with them no slang mind I want you to make a good impression for my mother.’

“I don’t use slang do I?’ My parents are from Devon originally you know. They met during the war, mam was working as a land army girl during the war and met my father when he was on leave.’ “My older brother John lives in Swindon and my sister Emily lives in Harrogate.’

“That’s all good Albert I just don’t want my parents to know that you live in the Ridges.’

Why ever not; my house is not some hovel I will have you know.’

“I’m not saying it is; it’s just that you know what folk say about people who live there.’

“Does it really matter that much Laura, I would love you no matter where you came from.’

“So you love me then said Laura.’

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