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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“So where do you actually live then?’

“We moved from Swindon to North Shields when my father was given a job at Parson’s. My father is an engineer you see.’

So where in North shields do you live Mr Kinnear?’

“Mother stop it, you are making Albert feel uncomfortable.’

“To answer your question Mrs Millsap we live in Pinetree Gardens in the Ridges Estate.’

“Would you expect a daughter of mine to live in some hovel?’

“I assure you Mrs Millsap, I do not live in a hovel.’

“We have heard about the Ridges Estate it has a very bad reputation.’

“Yes there are some poor families who live there Mrs Millsap but the people are kind and would give you their last penny if you were short.’

“I do not wish our Laura Scratting around for pennies in some squalor Mr Kinnear.’

“You seem to have a very low opinion of me Mrs Millsap said Albert who was now feeling backed into a corner and was looking for a way out.’ Charlie Millsap brought a tea tray in with a pot of tea and biscuits. The fine bone china with a decorative pattern and gold around the rim looked expensive. He set it down onto the table then sat down next to his wife.’

“I see you are a keen gardener Mr Millsap.’ My father is the same, he also keeps and races pigeons.’

“Yes,’ Laura was saying that.’ However, I do not recognise you father’s name from our club.’

“Everyone knows my dad. They call him Jack Kinnear. His name is John really, but everyone has called him Jack since we’ve lived here in North Shields.’

I will certainly ask when we have our next meeting. I am the chairman of the club.’

“Do you race pigeons Mr Kinnear?’

“No,’ but my older brother John does.’

“How many are there of you in the family?’

There are five of us with my mother and father. I have a sister called Emily.

“Is she married enquired Elizabeth.’

Yes, she’s older than me and she lives in Harrogate.’

Elizabeth stirred the tea then set the strainer on the side of the cup and poured. The amber coloured liquid was filled into each cup. “Do you take milk and sugar Mr Kinnear?’

“Yes thank you.’

Laura handed Albert the cup and saucer with a silver spoon on the side then offered him a biscuit which he refused politely.

“Have you seen our back garden Albert, Daddy keeps it immaculate?’

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