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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“Here you are Willick she said with some irony in her voice; would you like some homemade biscuits?’ I made some only yesterday afternoon.’ At least the oven’s kept me warm.’ Les could never understand why old people always complained about the cold.

She walked slowly back into the scullery and had a tin that she brought out. It had a picture of Edinburgh on the front.

It did have shortbread in it for a while until her grandchildren came and ate them all. It was cheap enough to make them and Phyllis added currants because it made them taste nicer. Willick and Les sat on the step drinking from the pint pots. They must have been her late husband’s thought Les. Phyllis knew men liked a big drink of tea and her teapot reflected this as well. She had crocheted a nice tea cosy for it. She kept the Brooke Bond dividend tea with a diamond shaped stamp on the side of the green and orange packet. She saved up all the stamps and got the five shillings that from the local shop from a full card. She saved up all the money for the grandchildren at Christmas to buy presents with.

When the lads had finished Willick was back up the ladder and pointing the chimney stack. He found an old grid that he’d salvaged from a house they’d worked on and slipped it in place and cemented it in. that would prevent any other birds getting down there.

Les meanwhile was putting the fire on for the old lady whilst she washed the cups.

When they were done they told Phyllis what they’d done and thanked her for the tea and biscuits before heading off to a new job on Shields Road in Byker.


Alan Owen arrived at work just before he was due to start and joined his mate Vic Armstrong on the assembly line where they stapled the PVC suites underneath and the arms which were put on separately. Once the suite was assembled it was checked before being wrapped in thick polythene to protect it.’

“What you up to tonight then Alan asked Vic.’

“I don’t know, is there owt on anywhere.’

There’s bound to be a dance on somewhere.’

“What about Mary, you know that bird you was givin’ one to.’

Oh her, na I dumped her Alan, she started showing me engagement rings in shop windows.’ Whey a thought there’s no way I’m marrying you pet.’

“I shagged her last Friday then told her that I wasn’t ready to get married yet.’ I mean I’m only just turned nineteen. I divven’t want to be settling down with a wife and screaming bloody kids yet. Not until I’m at least thirty.

“I divven’t want to get married at all. I’ve seen what marriage has done to me fatha’ 

“What aboot kids; would you not want a son or a daughter?’

“I might already have a few sprogs running around with the amount of birds I’ve shagged.’

“Don’t you wear a blob like?’

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