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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“Anyone want another Yorkshire and some veg there’s plenty left.’

“Aye go on I’ll have some more.’

You’ve had quite enough for one day Willie Owen and you’d better not start farting when you come to bed either or you’ll be sleeping on the settee tonight.’

“That’s yee telt fatha.’

 “You can shut up an aal wor Evelyn.’ Have we got any Christmas puddin’ then?’

“Give your dinner a chance to digest first.’

“Right then, get that bottle of Harvey’s Bristol cream open.’

Alan got up from the table and grabbed the bottle he used a sharp knife to cut the seal on the bottle and pulled the cork out and filled up the glasses on the table.

“Let’s pretend we are royalty said Willie as he sat wearing his reindeer sweater that Judith had made him. They all had pulled the crackers on the table and read out the corny jokes, before placing the paper hats on their heads that were folded inside.

Alan blew on his whistle toy so that the rolled end of the paper extended. The homemade decorations and balloons were strategically placed in the living room and the Christmas tree which folded away after use had been adorned with baubles and tinsel.

Willie stood up and held out the half pint glass, pinched from the Percy Main Club along with several others when he took his wife on a Saturday night. She slipped the glasses into her bag and then brought them home.

“Right let’s make a toast said Willie in his poshest voice.’

“Let’s hope that next year is a better one that we’ve had this year.’ And that my pools coupon comes up on the treble chance. As 1976 approaches; it is a time when we think of others less fortunate than ourselves. Just think of the Bellfield family across the road who will be having a tin of Fray- bentos steak and kidney pie amongst the seven of them and the kids who will be lucky to get a present each. “They won’t be the only family finding it hard to make ends meet this Christmas in the Ridges.’ Said Evelyn.’

“It’s the Meadowell now dad shouted Harry.’

“It will always be the Ridges to me son.’ You are a Ridgalite, you were bred and born here and whether you like it or not you will die here unless you can rise up from this place and better yourself.’ Evelyn it’s time that you found yourself a man who will look after you.’

“Are you trying to get rid of me dad?’

“No, I’m just saying that you are the oldest and it’s time.’

“Dad I’m only twenty five.’ I don’t want to get tied down with a bunch of screaming kids anyway.’

“What are you planning on doing living here with your mother and me until you are an old maid?’

“You aren’t that ugly, so some bloke will fancy you.’

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