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.


4. 4

“Will you come then?’

“What time are you setting off?’

“We have to be outside the scout hut at eight o’clock is that alright?’

“No problem, I only live up the road from Billy Mill so I will see you there.’

“I will bring a packed lunch for us so we can have a picnic if the weather is fine.’

“It will be, I’ve ordered the weather to stay nice.’

“Laura laughed as the bus reached the Formica factory as Albert rang the bell to get off.’

“You have a long walk down the road Albert.’

Yes, but if I had got the bus I normally get we would not have met would we.’

“That’s true.’

“I’ll see you tomorrow then Laura.’

“Bye, Laura watched as he walked towards the fly over then crossed it.’

She couldn’t believe that she’d met such an interesting man.’

Laura was now thinking how she was going to tell her mother and father that she was going rambling tomorrow with a man she barely knew. The bus pulled away and headed towards Billy Mill she saw the scout hut on the field just past the Cannon Inn. The bus turned left then headed up past the shops over the road and on towards St Anslem’s school. She got off just before the shops then turned left and then crossed the road and into her own street.

“Mam are you in.’

“I’m in the garden Love, I’m hanging washing out. Elizabeth reached for another peg from the peg bag that was tied to the line as she hung out her husband’s shirts. “Did you buy anything nice then Laura?’

“I bought a blouse from Fenwick’s but I’ve got some good news.’

Come on into the house and I’ll put the kettle on for a nice cup of tea and you can tell me all about it.’ Elizabeth put the last peg onto the shirt to hold it in place then wandered into the kitchen.

“Where’s dad?’

Down at that bloody allotment again, he might as well take his bed down there Laura he’s never away from the bloody place.’

There are worse things mam, at least he’s not propping the bar up and drinking himself into oblivion like some men around here.

I guess you’re right, I mean look at that drunken sot of a man who lives on the corner, what’s his name again?’

“You mean like Colin Foggett that lives at number twenty three.’

“Yes that’s him; the amount of times I’ve seen him rolling in drunk from the New York Club or the Fat Ox is nobody’s business.’

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