Four young boys are accused with robbery. one of them with murder, Hanging in Britain was still prevalent at that time. Can one of them escape the hangman's noose?'
Ruby White the petite honey blonde who works in a chemist shop spends her lunch break reading poetry in the local library. it is there that she meets Richard Llewellyn Shaw a writer and poet from Wales who has come to the North East to write a book. A relationship develops even though he is eight years her senior.
Then there is Jessie Longworth who has been saddled with looking after her father who is in the early stages of dementia. She is unable to cope with looking after her father, and her family and asks her brother Edward if he will take her father for a while. Joe Corder is an ex-dock worker. He worked hard all his life and gives his son his savings to help him start his own business. He meets Elizabeth who comes from a well to do family who all look down on Jessie and her father. She will not have him in her home.


11. 11

“Oh,’what about?’

“I do not wish to discuss it over the phone Elizabeth.’

“I see,’ alright but we do not close until eleven tonight.’

“I only want to speak with my brother; you don’t need to come along.’

“He could pop along in the car for an hour surely.’

“Well I will ask him when he returns, but you know how busy he is.’


The phone went dead and Jessie told her husband George what she had done.’

“I don’t think your father will agree to go and stay with Edward love.’ “You know how set in his ways he is.’

“I don’t care George; I just cannot cope with him any longer.’ “It’s about time my brother took some of the responsibility.’

“I know exactly what he will say when you tell him.’

“Well I will give him a choice either he takes my father or he pays for his care in a home.’

“Don’t you think that is being a bit drastic Jessie?’

“No I do not; you are out at work all day and I have to deal with his outbursts.’

“He refuses to eat and drink and will not take his medication. “ George, I have to sit over him to make sure that he’s taking what he’s supposed to. “You have not seen him when he loses his temper have you?’

“No I haven’t. ‘

“Her father walked into the kitchen after hearing raised voices.’

“What’s up wi her?’

“Nothing dad it’s just because she’s tired that’s all.’

“Well her mother worked day and night and she never complained.’

“No she never complained when she died aged only fifty two of cancer either did she dad shouted Jessie from the scullery.’ She still made your meals and did your washing right up to the end.’

“Well you are not going to put me in an early grave.’

“What do you mean I’m not tryin’ to put you in an early grave and don’t talk like that to me. I’m your father.’

“Our Edward is coming around later because there’s something I wish to discuss with him.’

“What is it; why are you bothering Edward for; you know how busy he is at the shop.’

“Well it’s high time he took some responsibility around here.’

“Responsibility for what?’

“Responsibility for you dad; now you’ve always said that you’d like to go and stay with Edward down in Tynemouth haven’t you?’

“Aye that would be nice. ‘

“Well I’m going to ask Edward when he comes if you can go and stay with him for a while.’

“What about young Mark; is he coming as well.’

“No dad there will just be you and Edward and his wife.’

“Aye wor Edward has done this family proud. “ Running his own shop he is; and marrying that bonny lass an aal.’

“It will do you the world of good to go and stay with him over the summer then won’t it.’ 

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