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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“Christ no, it would be like going to bed wi yer socks on. I practice the rhythm method; you know pull oot before the big spurt.’

“You’ll get caught oot one day lad.’

“Me never, I’m too good at it.’

“Look we could go to that church dance; I fancy getting myself a nice virgin.’

 “Virgin, yee will be lucky to find a virgin in Shields.’

“That’s cos’ I’ve shagged em all.’

Where’s this bloody Church dance anyway?

“Christ Church.’

 Aal they sell there is bloody lemonade.’

“We can smuggle a bottle of vodka in man. Get a couple of willing birds who will drop their knickers after a few glasses of vodka and lemonade and take them around the back of the old cemetery.’

“Come on, what do you say?’

“Alright you’re on.’

“My house at six thirty then we’ll pop in to the Old Hundred and have a couple of pints first.

 

The rent office was virtually empty as Nelly spoke to Mavis Johnson who she knew well. She paid her rent then asked her if anyone had the keys to number 89 Wooler Avenue.

“Just a minute Nelly, I’ll go and ask.’

“Nelly hoped and prayed that the house had not been taken She’d had he son’s name down for a house for some time now unbeknown to him just in case the likelihood of him getting married.

When Mavis returned she asked who the house was for.  Nelly told Mavis it was for her son Albert and his bride to be.’

Mavis went away again then came back with the keys. “The house is available Nelly and they wanted to give it to someone who has been on the waiting list a lot longer than your Albert. However, her mother has a bad reputation for not paying her rent where as you don’t; so my bosses have agreed that your son should have the first choice.’ “Can he view the property and let us know if he wishes to take it.’ If so could you give us a ring?’ He will of course be given a week of free rent in which to decorate the place.’ It hasn’t been vacant long Nelly; the gardens are beautiful and the house doesn’t really need a lot doing to it.’ The man who lived there died shortly after his wife. He had the house decorated when she was in hospital and she never came out again.’ I don’t think that he got over the death of his wife.’

“The poor man, God bless him.’

“I’m afraid his loss is your gain though; I’ve seen the house Nelly and Mr Tilley was a joiner by trade. He built cabinets and a fitted kitchen for his wife. The bathroom has cabinets and towel cupboard space. He even boxed the bath in. I think you will be envious of your son when you see it. 

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