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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“Cheeky bugger, I’m not ugly.’ “What if I don’t want a bloke dad, I mean, if it means moving out and living on my own I will.’ There is no need for me to get married off these days. I like my independence.’

“Independence, what about children?’ I want to see my grandkids?’

“What about them, let our Alan or Harry give you grandkids I’m not.’

“That’s a bit selfish of you isn’t it?’

“Dad you are living in the past, its different now. Woman don’t get married, they just live together.’

“Well no daughter of mine will be living in sin, I tell you that much.’

“Don’t get yourself all aerated dad you’ll give yourself a heart attack, I haven’t even got a bloke yet.’

Willie Owen looked at Alan and was about to speak.’

“Diven’t look at me fatha, there’s no way I’m getting with some woman.’

“Yer twenty two, gannin’ on twenty three, time yer got yersel a nice lass.’

“Not me dad, I’m just not the marrying type.’

“What the hell is wrong wi the world these days.’ If we all thought like you two there’d be no civilisation at aal.’

“Where is the next generation of Owen’s going to come from then?’ “Don’t tell me that you don’t want kids either Harry.  

“Not just yet dad, but maybe in ten years from now I might have kids of my own.’

“What” you will be twenty bloody seven by then you will be an old dad and I will be in my sixties.’

“Twenty seven isn’t old.’

You will be thirty seven by the time he or she is ten and in your late forties when they are in their twenties.

“God dad, let me just live my life will you.’

“Alreet, I was just sayin’ that’s all. Willie poured himself another drink then sat with a long face;

Knowing it was going to be a long wait until he had grandchildren.

He swallowed the sherry then turned the TV over to watch “The Yearling” with Gregory Peck.’

Christmas day had fallen on a Thursday which meant he had four days off work. He wondered if James S Pearson was in the club house sipping on single malt whiskey that he liked. He put it out of his mind choosing to watch the film he’d seen many times before.

Alan got up and went around to Vic Armstrong’s house to see if he was going out. He knew that he’d get a lock in at the Gardner’s Arms in town. Christmas night was boring just sitting in the house in front of the telly. He had to get out and enjoy himself; he knew Vic would be feeling the same as him. He crossed the road then walked down the path to Vic’s house. It was his Sister answered the door.

“Is Vic in?’

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