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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“Merry Christmas to you an aal she said sarcastically.’

“Aye, merry Christmas, said Alan.’  

Vic came down the passage and needed no prompting to get his coat. He grabbed the Levi jacket off the peg then closed the front door.

I’m glad you called, I was bored shitless in there wi them lot tryin’ to play happy families over dinner.’

“Since when have you lot been happy like.’

“Cheeky bastard, what was yours like?’

“Well apart from me fatha tryin’ to marry us all off, the dinner was alreet.’

“You married that’s a bloody laugh.’

“Alan laughed as well then said they’ve got as much chance of me getting married as the pope has.

Then me fatha starts talkin’ aboot kids, whey that’s when I got mesel oot of there sharpish.

“You should have heard him wi wor Evelyn.’

They walked past Smiths Park then down to the Gas Works Lane and along Howdon Road.

 The Panshop Club was just opening its doors and they crossed over and went inside. Club beer was always cheaper and they went straight to the bar Where Christine Matheson was serving behind the bar. “Two bottles of dog Christine, and merry Christmas.’

Christine took the bottles of brown ale from the fridge then opened them then got two half pint glasses and placed them over the necks of the bottles.

“That’ll be eighty pence Alan.’

Alan handed over a five pound note and told her to get herself a drink.’

“I’ll have a half of lager and lime if you don’t mind Thanks.’

“She rang the price into the till and then gave Alan his change.’

You lads are out early; I thought you’d be sitting in watching Dick Emery or Morecambe and Wise.’

“Give over Christine, we are oot on the lash me and Vic here.’

“I’m on here until eleven the neet, I was in this mornin’ an aal. Mind yer they’re payin’ me triple time like.’

That husband of yours is on a good thing isn’t he then gettin’ yee to work whilst he sits in the club swillin’ beer doon his neck.’

Alan supped a half glass of the brown ale then neatly poured the other into the glass.

“Where you lads headed tonight then?’

“More than likely be in Tony Burgo’s place.’

“Whey you’ll always get a lock in there.’ It’ll be packed out by nine o’clock.

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