The River

"The River" tells the story of Connie Francis Boothe who struggles to bring up three children in the damp living conditions on Howdon Road, North Shields in the 1950's Her Husband Richard is out of work and she is nearly seven weeks in arrears with her rent and eviction is looming. She has already pawned two of her mother's rings in order to feed her hungry children. Richard is a bit of a jack the lad who has ducked and dived all his life as a labourer - then he meets Beverly Madison a tall beautiful girl who is seven years younger than him but has had a crush on him since she was only fourteen. he begins an affair until after six months his wife finds out. How will Connie cope on her own after her husband leaves. follow this story of rags to riches - The River is one to read.


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“Right; I will leave you all here; I hope that you will all come to tea at my house one day. She handed them the fruit and sweets that she had bought them then waved goodbye.


It was ten past five when they got back to the Square and Francis pointed out that he was late.’

It was the ferry, Con’ I mean Francis.’

“Well if you are late the next time you don’t get to see the kids understood.’

“That’s a bit unfair don’t you think.’

“No I don’t not after what you did to all of us.’ I will never forgive you ever.’

She turned on her heel then walked away from him taking the kids with her.

Margaret ran back and kissed her father then ran back to her mother again; she kept turning and waving as Francis crossed the road to the bus stop.


“When Richard returned he told Beverly how Connie had said if he were late the next time that he needn’t bother coming as she wouldn’t let him see the kids.’

“Can she do that?’

“I don’t know but I’m going to find out.’

One of the nurses in the hospital has been divorced; she has kids so I will find out for you.’

“Thanks, I mean I was only ten minutes late for god sake.’

“Here sit down and I will make you a nice cup of coffee.’

“Thanks for today love, at least you tried.

“I think Tom and Margaret are okay but Alan is all for his mother.’

“Aye,’ he was always her favourite.’

“He will come around though just give him time Ritchie.’

“Seems as though she’s fell on her feet though; new house, new job.’

“I will make some enquiries about that as well; you might not need to give her as much as you do in maintenance payments.’

“I don’t mind it’s for the kids Beverly.’

“Yes; but are the kids getting it; if she wants’ to play rough then you have to play rougher.’

“I see your point.’ As a father I must have rights.’

Let me make a few discreet enquiries at work on Monday for you.’

Beverly gave him his coffee then gave him a peck on the cheek.

“Do you want to go to the king street Club tonight?’

“Who’s on like?’

“The Scimitars’ are top of the bill but they have Mike Elliot a comedian on and Johnny Harpfly playing accordion.’

“Sounds good to me love. I will have a shave and a bath then we will get ready alright.

“Go on then run a bath and I will jump in with you; more fun together.’

Ritchie squeezed her buttock as he slid past and headed for the bathroom.

He shaved quickly before getting into the bath. Beverly soon joined him and they splashed each other with water before getting washed.’

“What are you wearing tonight darling asked Richard.’

“As little as possible my love, so you can ravage my body when we come home.’

“Are we just going to get some fish and chips on the way home or do you want me to cook you something now.’

“Keep it warm for later Beverly it’s going to be a long night.’

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