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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“You are both the type to seize an opportunity when it presents itself.’ I have a man and although he may not be that well off he gives me anything I want.’ I mean… You girls are a lot older than me aren’t you? You’re thirty six this year aren’t you Abigail and what about you Penelope.’ You haven’t got that long before you are both knocking on forty. By then it’s going to be too late for you two to have kids of your own. 

“We don’t want kids do we Penny?’

“Well, you’d both better make sure you are on the pill then.’ I mean you will look really old in the maternity ward. Enjoy the rest of your lunch.’

Laura got up and walked slowly and elegantly to her perfumery.’

“Did you hear what that cheeky cow was calling us said Abigail?’

“She does have point though, it’s time we were married. I’m sick of just being used as someone’s plaything. The next man I get in the sack with better put a ring on my finger first.’


“Albert went into work and his friends congratulated him; they were genuinely pleased that he was now happily married. Albert then went about his work as he usually did there was a man who came in looking for the history of priory castle in Tynemouth and Albert was only too pleased to help him.

Albert had an interest too in local history and spent over half an hour with the man giving him information about the castle and the priory which was once one of the largest fortified areas in England. Overlooking the river Tyne and the North Sea the castle dominated the headland with its stunning views along the coastline. Mounted on “Pen Bal Crag” the moated castle stood as early as the 7th century. There are even Roman stones that have been found there but no evidence to suggest that it was once a roman stronghold. In 651 King Oswin was murdered and buried there. In fact he told the man there were three kings buried in the grounds of the castle. The priory was destroyed by the Vikings and then the Normans tried to storm the castle but were repelled in 1066. Albert brought him writings from the Benedictine monks who documented some of the history of the priory and the castle. John Stonebank’s was more than happy with the information that Albert had supplied and thanked him for his assistance.

The archives provided newsreels that people could access and look at. Newspapers could be scanned as far back as the early 18th century. Albert cleared away books taken out and then left by people who had not bothered to return them from where they had got them from. After which he went onto the desk to stamp books from others who wanted to borrow books from the library.

The day went slowly and he longed to see Laura, they were going to his mother’s for dinner tonight much to the disappointment of Laura who wanted to go to see her parents. To compromise Albert said he would run her along for an hour to see her mother and father after dinner. He never saw Laura at lunch time, she normally would come outside and sit with him on Northumberland Street but for some unknown reason she didn’t turn up.

When he picked her up later that day she turned her cheek when he went to kiss her.

“Is something wrong Laura he asked, I was waiting for you outside at lunchtime but you never came out.’

“I was busy with customers and couldn’t get away.’

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