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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place was clean and tidy. Sofia tells me that you that you are a boxing manager and this is one of your fighters is that correct?’

Yes, I’m Norman Fawcett and this is Paul Grant, he gets called Tucker. Both men shook hands with the young woman.

“I am Estelle Jackson, I work in the laundry across the road there.’ It don’t pay much but it’s close to home. “I also have a job at St Thomas’ Church as a cleaning lady three mornings a week.’ Do you attend church Norman?’

“Not as often as I would like, I must admit.’ Norman looked at Paul enough to say, what the hell you have got us into here.’

Estelle asked them to come through to the kitchen where there was a small table and four wooden chairs.

“If you men would like to wash your hands the bathroom it’s to your right down the hallway.’

Both men went down to the bathroom and washed their hands in the sink then dried them with a towel hanging on the back of the door.

When they returned Estelle and Sofia had begun to put out the bowls of food onto the table and asked the men to take a seat.  She took the fried chicken out of the oven and placed it into a serving dish along with some sweetcorn. And some scones which they called biscuits. There was also some corn bread that Norman had taking a liking to. After saying grace Estelle asked the men to just help themselves. Estelle was asking Norman about where he lived as she had never been to England before. In fact the furthest she’d ever travelled was from Philadelphia where her parents had brought her up in what she called a wooden shack. They worked on the farms until she became fourteen years old and enough to look after herself. She travelled to Newark to stay with her Aunt Nula who was a God fearing woman who preached the bible chapter and verse every single day.

She took a job filling bags and stacking shelves and it was there she got friendly with Samuel Hogg, The son of a local bar owner. He was a wayward child who stole booze and money from his father and messed around with the local gangs. He got her drunk one night and he raped her. It was months later that she discovered she was pregnant. When she told her aunt she threw her out onto the street calling her a filthy whore. A woman found her five months later wondering on the road delirious with hunger and in labour. When Sofia was born Missy Everett as she was called helped her find a job and it was from there that she was able to support and bring up the child.

Norman asked what happened to the child’s father, to which Estelle told him that his own father shot him dead after he robbed an old lady and nearly killed her for just twenty dollars.

After dinner Paul helped Sofia clear away the dishes after washing up for her mother.

It was just after seven o’clock and Paul asked if there was anywhere where they would like to go.’

“Well there’s the movie theatre across the street or the church hall that runs a dance if you’d like to go.’

“Norman said that either was fine with him.’

They don’t sell beer in the church but you can get a soda or tea and coffee.’

“Fine by us, please lead the way.’

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