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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“Give us another will yer Christine.’

Christine was a smart woman for her age, she hadn’t let herself go like some young married women.

Alan eyed her bosom as she bent down to get the beers.’

“Are you lads going to be in there aal night like.’

“Well I could be persuaded if you had a mate for Vic here.’

Aye, that can be arranged.’ by half ten Bob will be pissed, he’ll just gan home to bed. I’ll tell him that I’m gannin’ around Pauline Robson’s hoose for a drink.’

Alan paid her for the beers and then told her he’d see her later.’

“They sat down at a table as the club began to fill up.  Alan eyed Bob Matheson as he sat playing dominoes with four others. He was into his fourth pint already and was becoming animated.’

Alan turn to Vic and said I think we’re into another shag tonight.’

“What, you are not going to shag Bob’s missus.’ Jesus Alan you’re playin’ wi fire there mate.’

 “Why not, wouldn’t you not give her one like?’

“Aye a would if she wasn’t married.’

“It adds to the excitement mate knowing that you are knocking off another bloke’s wife.’ She not bad either for thirty six.  She’s got no kids and her tits are still firm as grapefruit.’

 “Well let’s hope Pauline Robson is as good as she’s cracked up to be.’

“I know her, she’s only thirty and quite smart, you’ll have a good night wi her.’

“Is there anyone you haven’t shagged?’

“I haven’t shagged the new vicar’s wife from Percy St Johns yet he laughed.’

“Bugger me, the ships cat isn’t safe while you’re around.’

The resident organist began to play some old tunes whilst some old crooner sang along.’

“Come on let’s get the hell out of here, it’s like a pensioners outing.’

Vic supped what was left in his glass and they made for the door. They walked along Saville Street Passing the Ballarat then the Sir Colin Campbell, They looked in the window of the record shop then turned onto Rudyerd Street.

Dot Burgo propped up the bar in the Gardner’s Arms talking with Ann Clay her friend. Gerry Junghan sat in the corner talking with Ginger Burns and John Colquhoun. The beer barrel converted tables were nearly all taken. Alan went and sat down whilst Vic went to the bar. The music from the jukebox was in full swing and the atmosphere was good. Bobby Brunton and Bobby Willis walked in they were regulars. A lot of the lads from the fish quay frequented the Gardner’s Arms. It was like a den of thieves where stolen goods were bought and sold. The smell of cannabis was in the air as many openly smoked it. The coppers who called in were as bent as a nine bob note. They turned a blind eye to all the dodgy dealing that went on there

The Stylistics song “Sing Baby Sing “echoed around the small room as the women joined in with the chorus. A game of poker got underway on another table.

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