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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“Get us out of here Brian before the press turn up.’

Brian handed her the carrier bag with the fish and chips in then drove away.

 They drove about a mile before pulling in and then sat in silence as they ate their supper,’ until Alice broke the silence by saying.

“At least she put plenty salt and vinegar on them and then laughed.’

They drove home after they’d eaten their supper. Gordon placed the wrappers in the bin in the corner of the building then set it out for the binmen that would be around to collect it in the morning.’



The smell of Kippers permeated in the kitchen as Dawn and her father and Rosina ate the fish to celebrate her mother Heather’s birthday. Jim said that it would be nice to celebrate the anniversary of her mother’s birthday this way.’ They had been to the cemetery where her mother was buried and left a large bouquet beside the newly erected headstone which read:

HEATHER REID died aged 16- 16th November 1958

 Daughter of Alice and Brian Reid

Mother of Dawn Gales

Until we meet again.


Dawn also laid flowers at Doreen Laws Hart’s grave in the garden of remembrance.’

She stood talking to both of her mother’s as if they were both in front of her. She wiped the tears from her eyes and then walked to the car where her father was waiting with Rosina. They took her home and Rosina set about frying the kippers for them.

“Have you worked on your new song yet Princess?’

“Yes, I’ve been trying to come up with the chorus. “ How are you doing with yours?’

It’s coming along.’

“What is yours called again?’

“Going to Leave You a Memory” I’m going to work on it later dad I feel a bit tired.’

“Well just leave it honey, you can do some tomorrow.’

Yes, I think I will I’m going to have a lie down.’

Dawn got up and went to her room and lay on the bed then picked up her note pad and her pencil thinking of what to write.’

 She had two verses.




I’m not going to tell you goodbye

Because your love for me will only make me cry

Nor will I forget the good times we had

Those times we shared good and bad

But I can’t forgive the love you hurt

You broke my heart and dragged me through the dirt


Going to leave you a memory

You may even cry now I’m gone

 But it won’t bring me back

 Now you’re all alone


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