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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“Why did you only have the one? I want at least five.’

Elizabeth had complications after Laura was born and they had to give her a hysterectomy. It meant she couldn’t have any more children.’ I always wanted a son to carry on the family name but it was not to be.’

When Charlie was done they made a cup of coffee before Albert drove him home.’

“Well that’s it then Albert; all ready for your furniture.’

Thank you so much; I appreciate all you have done and I’ve learned a lot in the process.’

“Well if you get stuck the next time just give me a call.’

“It looks pretty straight forward the way you showed me.’

“Well the bits you hung yourself were spot on so don’t worry.’ Just remember to match up the pattern.’

“I will.’

Laura came out from the house and kissed her father then got into the car. Albert waved as they drove away and went to the coast. He parked up and they walked down to Tynemouth Long Sands. They removed their shoes and Albert rolled up his trousers as they walked down to the water’s edge hand in hand. The coldness of the sea water felt soothing to their aching feet. Albert stopped to look out to see the ferry coming through the piers. The Oslo- Bergen ferry sailed once a week from Newcastle and Albert said that it would be a nice way to spend their honeymoon.

They walked right along to the open air swimming pool then turned and walked back again. After which Albert drove to the Briar Dene pub where they afforded themselves one drink.

They were both saving up so could not indulge themselves, they sat in the corner of the bar looking out at the lovely view of St Mary’s light house. The tide was now over the causeway and the sun was going down behind it.

“What a beautiful sight said Laura.’

“Yes, I never get sick of looking at it.’

“Is your John and Emily coming to the wedding?’ said Laura changing the subject.’

“Yes, our John was on the phone last night; he’s going to be my best man so he has to be there. Have you chosen your brides maids?’

Yes, Sharon Turner and Simone Bainbridge have agreed to be my bridesmaids. I went to school with them both.’

“Good, my dad is paying for the reception in the Grand Hotel so it is going to be a posh do alright.’

“You’ll have to make sure everyone is wearing morning suits with top hats mind, and make sure that they all have a haircut. I don’t want any scuffs at my wedding.’

“Don’t worry Laura it will all be taken care of.’

They walked up the sand dunes to the top where they had parked the car. They sat on a bench and put their shoes and socks back on.

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