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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“Two pints of tartan said Alan.’

“How old are you two?’

  “Old enough why.’

“Well we had the coppers in here last week because they said that we were serving under aged drinkers in the bar.’

Well I was born on the 28th of January 1963 and my mate Vic here was born on the 9th of March 1962. Now can we have two pints of tartan or what?’

The bar tender looked at them then poured the pints out into heavy crinkled pint glasses.

“That’ll be one pound ten pence.’

Alan handed him the money then took the beers and sat beside the window. He could see the youth club from where he was sitting and the girls going inside. “Looks like we’ll be alright tonight Vic, Susan Mulholland has just gone in.’ she’s always up for a bunk up around the back of the cemetery.’

“Who she with?”

“Janice Webster she bucks like a bunny an aal.’

“Have you had them both Alan, you’re a right fanny rat you are.’

Alan smiled as he took several swallows of his pint then set it down again on the beer mat.

Some old men were playing dominoes in the other corner whilst a couple of regulars propped up the bar.

“I hope that’s not going to be us in a few years’ time.’

“Bugger that Vic; I will never be like them.’

“He finished his first pint quickly and told Vic to get them another one in.’

“Slow down a bit will yer Alan, if we go in there smelling of beer and pissed they won’t let us in.’

“Pissed; I can drink this beer all night and still walk out of here.’

Vic ordered the beer then paid for them.’

The barman eyed them suspiciously.’ “He’d see it all before, young bucks who drank fast and by the forth pint they were throwing up outside.’

“In a hurry or what lads.’

“Were going to a dance; so we are just having a couple aren’t we Alan.’

“Aye, just a couple.’

“Sensible; too many young’un’s get in here thinking they are big men supping ale like it’s going out of fashion.’

“Really, whey we aren’t like them are we Vic?’

“No, we are right sensible, we are.’

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