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.


6. 6

“In the perfume department mam.’

My God that’s one of the best jobs in the store you know Laura; you will be on good money now you know. Marks and Sparks don’t pay poor wages.’

“I know I was thinking that myself as I sat in the bus stop.’ And guess what else happened.’

“I don’t know tell me.’

“Well, I was just sitting you know, thinking about this new job and how lucky I was to get it.’

“Laura just tell me for God sake; don’t go to Whitley bay to get to Shields lass.’

Laura took a huge gulp of tea then swallowed it whilst her mother waited in anticipation.

“I’ve met a man mother.’

“You’ve what, don’t be daft girl, you’re only a bairn.’

“Mother I will be nineteen in October.’

“Still a bairn, and how old is this man then?’

He’s twenty one.’

“Just a bit of a kid himself.’

“How old were you when you met dad?’

“That was different, I mean things were different in those days, and there was a war on.’ So tell me, how you got acquainted with this boy.’

“He’s a man mother,’

“Alright, man then.’

Well,’ he came up to me and asked if there was a bus due and we got on talking. He works at the library mam he’s a librarian.’

Well that’s a good start; was he smartly dressed?’

“Yes he was wearing a grey suit.’

“Where does he live?’

Laura lied and told her mother that she didn’t know. She thought if she told her mother that he was from the Ridges she wouldn’t allow her to go out with him.

Well he must be from well to do parents if he’s a librarian.’

“He went to college mam and he’s very bright too and he’s well-spoken as well.  There’s not a hint of Geordie twang about him either.’

“Good,’ so when are you going out together. I should like to meet this er… man of yours.’

Tomorrow, he’s taking me to Keswick in the Lake District.’

“I know where Keswick is, I have travelled as well you know. I worked on telecommunications in Driffield there during the war.’

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