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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“We can have a sit in the conservatory now if you like.’

“Well I was going to watch the news on the telly like.’

“You can buy yourself a newspaper to read the news Brian.’

“From tomorrow you will read the Daily Telegraph not the Daily Mirror.’

But I like Andy Cap in the Mirror.’

“Do you want people to respect you Brian?’

“Yes but…

“No buts’ you must think and act like a gentleman and stop all of this slang as well.’

“But this is the way that always spoke.

“Spoken dear the word is spoken not spoke.’


 So I’ve now got to speak wi a gob full of marbles just to appease the neighbours.

“I will make a man out of you yet Brian Reid; someone who everyone will look up to.

“Now bring me a white shirt and go and polish your shoes.’

“I don’t think am going to get away wi this posh malarkey Alice.’

“You can and you will if you want to live under my roof.’

“If not there’s the spare room.’

“What the hell has got into you woman, we’ve only been here five blo… he stopped himself from swearing then carried on; five minutes and you have changed already.

“Why have I changed Brian Reid ask yourself that?

“I don’t know do I?’

“Well you had better learn and quick. You are only thirty eight years old Brian you could make something of your life if only you used your head.’

Brian spat on the polish then rubbed it into his oxford shoes then used the polishing brush to shine them up.

Alice ironed his shirt then told him to put on a nice tie.’

He went into the bedroom and put on his blue suit and a blue striped tie.

“When he came out he looked very smart.

“Brian you look so handsome; all you need now is a proper haircut and you will look like a real gentleman.’

“Now remember no slang and do not come back here drunk.’

Brian walked along the small passage to the front door and Alice followed him. She straightened his tie, kissed him, and then told him to walk upright and proud. She watched as he walked up the road until he was out of sight.


Mr Robert Adams was a highly respected tutor; the fifty five years old retired Kings School in Tynemouth teacher knocked on the door and was let in by Rosina.

Hello; Mrs Gales I’ve come to teach your daughter.’

“It’s Rosina Conti and Dawn is not my daughter; she’s my boyfriend’s daughter.’

I’m sorry Miss Conti is Dawn around?’

“Yes she is in here; Rosina led the teacher into a private room down stairs where she would not be disturbed. Jim had bought a school desk and all the Text books and exercise books that she would need to complete her studies.’ Mr Adams was with Dawn for two hours three times a week. He left her homework to do when he left which she had to complete before his next visit.’

Dawn was a bright child who sailed through her work. She was way ahead of children her own age on all levels and when Mr Adams gave her the examination papers she was always finished before the allotted time.

Dawn was happy because tomorrow was Saturday and they usually went out somewhere together. Her father was hard at work composing the songs for the album 

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