Forever in my Heart

A story of young love when the daughter of a priest and black south African woman falls for a young lad from North Shields. Will their relationship survive the racial prejudice.


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Yasmin Williams had seen her sister with the boy and as soon as Ayesha came up to her room Yasmin came straight in and sat on her bed.

“Come on then tell me all about this boy you met.

“Nothing to tell really; we met in Smith’s Park and he showed me the stream. He lives up the road from us that is how he was walking with me.

“Ayesha I saw you giving him cow eyes; what’s his name?

“Joe; his name is Joe.”

“You like him don’t you?

“So what if I do, your not going to tell my father; are you?

“Of course not, so are you seeing him again?

“Yes, she giggled; I’m meeting him in the park tomorrow at two o’clock.

“Well you had better wash up and change for dinner mother will be in soon from hospital.



Sonja Williams worked in the children’s ward at Sanderson’s Hospital; she had transferred from St James Children’s hospital in London where she had worked five years. She met Simon in South Africa Just after the Second World War her was serving with the Northumberland Fusiliers in the medical core. She was set up on a blind date with him and they liked each other from the start. Six months passed and she never saw Simon. She didn’t know whether or not he was alive or dead until one day in December when he walked into the Military hospital in Cape Town.

Simon got down on one knee and proposed in front of all the staff and the patients.

There was a round of applause when she accepted. They were married a month later.

When the War was over Simon brought Sonja over o London where he went to university to study religion.

His first post when he graduated was a Church in Kilkhampton which had an Inn next to it.

Simon and Sonja had stayed at Jolly’s Cottage for their honeymoon, so they knew the area well. Sonja commuted to work by train every day until she bought herself a second hand Hillman Minx from a friend who was moving abroad to work.

In 1953 Yasmin was born and two years later Ayesha came along. In November 1968 Simon was asked to come to St Joseph’s in the North East of England. He accepted the post and they moved six months later.

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