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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  The organist played softly as the congregation of Holy Saviours church waited for the bride to be.

Albert and his brother John who was his best man stood at the front. Albert checked his watch, it was now ten past twelve and he didn’t think that Laura was going to turn up.

“What’s holding her up John, I don’t think she’s coming you know.’

“Calm down Albert she’ll be here; it’s a woman’s prerogative to be late for her own wedding.’

Then in walked Elizabeth and other family members arrived and took their places as the reverend John Allen came out and Felix Mendelssohn’s wedding march was played. Never did a tune sound as sweetly as when Laura walked down the aisle accompanied by her father. She looked beautiful in her wedding gown that was part white lace at the shoulders and arms and from the breasts down was made of silver satin. She wore matching silver heels.

She turned to look at Albert as he joined her at the altar.

The reverend John Allen addressed the congregation

“Dearly beloved we are gathered here today to witness the marriage of Albert Kinnear to Laura Elizabeth Millsap. If anyone should have any lawful impediment why these two people should not be married then let him speak now or forever hold his peace.’

There was a hushed silence as the two made their vows together. Laura wished to keep her maiden name so now she would be known in law as Mrs Laura Elizabeth Millsap Kinnear. They signed the register after the service and now it was legal and binding. They walked down the aisle together as husband and wife. They stood outside as the obligatory photographs were taken then they were whisked off to the Grand Hotel for the reception. It all seemed to be going too fast as the speeches were made and the bottles of champagne drank. They danced way into late evening.  Tomorrow morning they would head off for a weekend on the Oslo- Bergen ferry. When twelve o’clock midnight came both Albert and Laura left the hotel, they were driven to their new home. Once outside Albert swept Laura off her feet and carried her over the threshold. The flowers that he had sent her were on the table in a vase. Charlie had dropped them off. There was good luck cards and wedding gifts all over the place. They sat up until nearly one o’clock reading the cards and opening the gifts then finally they both went into the bedroom and undressed. Laura went into the bathroom and took her night gown with her. Albert sat on the edge of the bed in his underpants, he never wore pyjamas. When Lara returned he nervously went to the toilet then cleaned his teeth before coming back. Laura was now under the covers. He turned out the light then got into bed. Their love making was not memorable in fact Albert was clumsy to begin with. Neither of them had any experience. Albert assured her that he would get better and that they had their whole lives a head of them to get it right.

The next morning they were up early and packed. Albert drove them to the ferry terminal in Newcastle and they checked in. Laura was not happy about the accommodation. It was small and the bed was just like a single bed. Albert said that they should just make the best of a bad job. However, Laura went to inform the captain of their situation and he duly apologised and told them that on the way back they would have the honeymoon suite.

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