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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Albert’s gold necklace and locket that he’d bought for his wife seemed insignificant after that. How could he better a new car? Even though the car was only a Volvo 66 Laura loved it.

They sat down to dinner and all Laura could talk about was how good her father car was.

“Can I have a drive of it dad after dinner.’

“Yes I’ll take you out for a spin then you can get used to it.’

“Just think Albert, I’ll be able to drive myself to work in the morning.’

“There was a touch of sadness in Albert’s voice as he answered his wife. He looked forward to driving her to work. It made him feel important. Now he would be no longer needed, she could come and go as she pleased. Albert cleared the table as Laura served up the Christmas pudding with custard. Albert re-wrapped the turkey left with silver foil so that it wouldn’t dry out.

He would eat one of the turkey legs for his supper with some Branston pickle. After dessert, Albert set about washing the dishes whilst his mother gave him a hand to dry.

Before you could turn around Laura and her father were out of the door and she was off driving her new toy. The royal navy coloured car pulled slowly away with her father in the front giving her instructions.

“There’ll be no stopping our Laura now you know she said to Jack, Laura just loves her independence.’

“Yes, I guess you are right. Not very economical though having two vehicles to tax and insure. Then there’s the cost to maintain the car and the petrol to buy.’

“Our Laura earns more than Albert now you know.’

“Albert works very hard said Nelly defending her son.’

“Yes and so does our Laura.  She’s been the top sales girl in that perfumery for nearly a year now you know. She got a great big bonus from her boss.’

“There’s no doubting her ability to sell.’ But it doesn’t really stretch the imagination does it Elizabeth, I mean Albert has a skilled job; he’s a historian as well as a librarian you know.’

“It’s a pity his wage does not reflect the job that he does.’ I mean our Laura shouldn’t be working in her condition should she.’

“It’s her choice Elizabeth, I’ve asked her to stay at home but she never listen’s to me.’

“She never will either will our Laura; she takes after me for being stubborn you see.’  “Laura will have it her way or no way at all.’

Albert excused himself and went into the garden with his father.

“Well I think compromise is a better option said Nelly who was clearly getting sick of the sly digs that Elizabeth was firing at her son. “Albert is a good man Elizabeth and once more he loves your daughter.’

“She could have had her pick of rich men that came into buy perfume you know; she could have been living in her own home like we have.’ I mean going from a bought property to a rented one is a step in the wrong direction in my opinion.’

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