Breaking the chain

Heather Reid a sixteen year old girl is found collapsed in Howdon - she has run away from her home on West Percy road North Shields, because she is pregnant. She is taken to Willington Quay Maternity hospital where upon she gives birth to a baby Girl that she names Dawn because the dawn was breaking when she was giving birth. After complications set in Heather dies of Toxaemia and her father will not bring up a bastard child. Dawn is adopted by two university lecturers - follow her story as her real father seeks her out and a court battle ensues. this is a tragic story that will have you reading until the end.


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I have made full English for you Da’ said Tracey as she poured him out a mug of tea.

Now there’s plenty more in the pot for you as I know how you like your tea.’

Dylan sat at the large oak table like lord of the manor as Tracey served him breakfast.’ “Can we go and look at your garden this morning; maybe I can give you a hand to get rid of your rat’s tail weed problem.’

“What size boots do you take?’

“I’m a size nine.’

“Good I have a spare pair of wellingtons and a bib and brace that you can put on.’

Gordon said that it was fairly cold out and that he could borrow a Gillet to wear too.

“We will soon knock up a good sweat double digging said Dylan.

After breakfast Dawn arrived with Rosina and asked Alwen, and Tracey if they would like to come shopping with them.

“That would be nice because Da’ is going in the garden with Gordon and they will be in there most of the day I expect. You know what dad is like said Alwen when something needs doing he will not stop until it is done.’

“Would you like tea asked Tracey?’

“No thanks’ we just ate breakfast; my that Ian Garrick can eat can’t he?

Oh’ yes, I forgot to tell you about him. I thought you would have noticed him last night at the club. He had one of those large serving plates full of food last night and he ate the lot.’

“Well he ate three breakfasts and a full loaf toasted this morning; as well cereal, yogurt, and fresh fruit.’

Wait until dinner then you will really see him eat.’

“You can tell he was a rugby player.’ “I will make a big pan of pasta and pizza tonight then.’ They have all gone out as Jim said he would show them around.’

I will give you a hand to wash up if you would like to get yourselves ready.’

Thank you said Tracey as she and Alwen went upstairs to change.


Gordon opened the tool shed which had all of his gardening tools all neatly hanging up. They were all cleaned and oiled.’

“Well you can see you take pride in your tools as well as your garden.’

You have enough space in your garden to supply the street now here is a gift for you that I brought you from Wales; My prize leeks. Now if you can take me to you greenhouse I will show you how to go on with these. They walked up the pathway and into the large green house that was fully heated. In one end held his precious grape vine and the other all his salad and other winter vegetables ready to be planted out “have you got seven terracotta pots, deep ones?’

“Why seven?’

“Well you grow all seven but keep one for seed so next year you will have enough leeks to plant a field full for the pot and keep six to grow on to the size that you saw in my photos. “Do you have a compost heap and some well rotted manure?’

 “Yes, I have.’

“Well can you fill a barrow with some and bring it ere.’

Gordon took the wooden barrow up to the top of the garden then filled it with both manure and compost.

Dylan looked around his green house and found bone meal and potash.’

When Gordon Returned he added the bone meal and potash then mixed it in then began to fill each pot right to the top. He had found some old drain pipe and had 

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