The story focuses on three families. The Kinnear's, The Millsap's, and the Owen's. All different. They live very different lifestyles. Albert Kinnear the Librarian, who's parents came from Swindon but live in Pinetree Gardens, his father Jack is an engineer. He is a keen gardener and Pigeon fancier. Albert meets the daughter of Charlie and Elizabeth Millsap. They live on Kenton Road, in a bought property. He also is a pigeon man who has wangled his way into a chairman's job. he is a welder down the docks. No one is good enough for their daughter and they resent the relationship between Laura and Albert. Then there is William Owen(Willick) a roofing builder who lives in Cedarwood Avenue with two son's and a daughter. Alan is a jack the lad; he will sleep with any woman given the chance. Harry the youngest is a joiner and the brains in the family. Evelyn his daughter is twenty five and her father is pushing her to meet a man and get married so he can have grandchildren.


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He must spend a fortune in there and he’s never out of the bookies around the corner as well. I think he just goes in there to sober up before going home to Katie. If he were my husband I’d belt him one and throw all of his clothes out on the path.’ And if he started with me the way he does with Katie I’d… I’d kick him where it hurts.’

“Mother,’ talking like that.’

“It’s true; he thinks he owns the street he does.’ “Banging and crashing about with his tools first thing in the morning and revving  that bloody motor bike as well before he goes to work.

You can always tell when they’ve had a row because the soft bugger comes back the same day carrying a big bunch of flowers. I would wrap them around his scrawny neck if he came in with flowers in his state.’

“Well,’ at least you’ve got that to be thankful for that, dad just goes to the garden.’

Elizabeth stirred the pot after pouring boiling water into it then got two cups down from the cupboard. She went into the fridge and took out a pint of milk. She bought her milk from Rob Mason who came every morning with a fresh pint. She didn’t like the cartons of milk that the super markets were all selling these days. Elizabeth thought that the milk had a waxy taste about it.

After letting the tea brew she used a strainer to sieve out the grounds. Elizabeth swore by Rington’s tea and like her milk it was delivered. Elizabeth was one for paying her bills and as soon as one dropped onto the carpet in the passage via the local postman Brian Smith, who lived on the estate she was off down to pay it. “Let it not be said that I am in debt.’ Laura thought that her mother went on that way because her own mother was evicted from her house on Marina Avenue in the early thirties. Elizabeth was just seven years old at the time but still remembered the horse and cart and the bailiffs coming and taking all of the furniture and then having to stand in the rain in bare feet because she had no shoes to wear. Her mother was shouting at the men who completely ignored her pleas. Her father found himself locked out of his own home then went around to his mother in laws and raised hell.

Her mother explained how they argued about the money and the lack of it and it was her father who had to loan them the money to get their furniture back and pay off the arrears. Elizabeth swore then that she would never let that happen to her. So when Charlie and she got wed she told him that she would take on the running of the house. Charlie handed over his wage packet every week and the money all went into a tin. When all the bills were paid whatever was left after food and other provisions it either went on Laura for new clothes or to buy pigeon corn. Elizabeth swore that no child of hers would wear second hand clothes from the ragman like she had to or suffer the humiliation at school for having no shoes to wear.

“Come on then lass tell me your good news.’

Laura spooned sugar into her cup as she told her mother how she had landed a job at Marks and Spencer’s.

“That’s fabulous Laura; how did you wangle that.’

“Well I saw the manager Mr Thorn and went and asked him if there were any jobs available.’

He told me to come into his office and he offered me a job on the spot.’

“Where are you going to be working?’

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