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.


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“Thank you Richard said both Maggie and Betty as they put on their coats. They had spent a wonderful day that would live long in the memory.

“Here don’t forget your bags said Richard, he picked up the two bags and then walked to the car.

George shook Richard by the hand thanking him for his hospitality then they climbed into the car and Richard drove them home again. Maggie and Betty looked out of the window as they left behind the countryside for the motorway.

It was nearly nine o’clock when they got home to Howdon dropping Betty off first. Richard dropped Maggie and George off then said he would stay in touch. Ruby went with him and they then drove back to Howdon again.’ Richard pulled in at Tynemouth in a car park. “Alone at last he said then leaned across and kissed Ruby

I hope you have enjoyed your day today, especially after last night.

“We won’t mention that ever again Richard

“Will I see you about six thirty tomorrow then Ruby. I will cook us a nice dinner so don’t have anything to eat?’ he leaned across and kissed her.

“Yes,’ and thank you, but I cannot stay late, as much as I’d like to though Richard; I have work the next morning.’ I had better get you home then we don’t want you sleeping in do we.’

Richard kissed her again before driving back to East Howdon.

Ruby’s mother had changed into her house clothes after bathing and was filling up the big pans ready for Ruby to take a bath in front of the fire. Her mother drew the curtains and there was always a makeshift screen made of clothes drying to give her a bit of privacy.

“What a wonderful day I’ve had Ruby, it’s been ages since I’ve enjoyed myself like that. “ What a lovely man Richard is.’ You want to stick with him; he likes you a lot if he wants to take us to meet his family in Wales.’ “I wouldn’t be surprised if he asks you to marry him before the end of the year.’

“Don’t be daft mother, we hardly know each other.’

“People spend their whole lives together not really knowing the other.’

Ruby got some towels and when the water was hot enough poured it into the tin bath.’

She added some cold water to it until it was hot enough to step into and then took of her clothes and stepped into it.

The warm water soothed her aching legs after the long afternoon walk through the woods.’ “Did you like the cottage mother she said as she washed herself with the sponge and some of her own Pear’s soap that she kept for herself?’

“Yes it is beautiful.’

“Now if he is going to buy that cottage he must have a lot of money.’

“I’m not bothered about his money mother.’

“He’s got a good head on his shoulders has that lad; he can cook and he can provide for you.’

“Are you trying to marry me off mother?’

  “Well you could do a lot worse around here.’ I saw the way he looked at you today Ruby.’ He’s smitten; he loves you; I can tell.’

“Well don’t be pushing him mother do you hear me, if he wants to marry me let him ask in his own time.’

“My, my, you have done better for yourself than your sister. That Billy Ellis hasn’t got nowt about him.’

“She loves him mother and he loves her in his own way. Leave them alone.’

“She could have done better for herself.’

“You cannot condemn her mam she made her choice.’

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