Love Changed Everything by Wallace E Briggs
The Briggs family (Bridges in the book) struggled to escape poverty because of Albert’s ill health. The children were happy until they realised they were deprived of the pleasures their friends enjoyed. But love surrounded and encouraged them every day of their childhood lives. Their days were filled with good times and adventures.
Eddie, the eldest child of four, suffered at the hands of the bullies. But his father showed him how to stand up for himself. Albert taught his children that success could come even after multiple failures if they kept trying. But when he had a lung removed, he lost his job and their home. The family moved in with Grandma in her terraced house in the Durham coalfield colliery village of Browney. Gran was already caring for her divorced daughter’s family of three young men. Somehow, they managed to coexist for over a year.
Almost a year later, the family was rehoused in a new housing development in Brandon and their first home with hot water and an indoor loo; what luxury. Eddie was training to become an unpaid Minister in the Independent Methodist Movement. His girlfriend, Doreen, for eighteen months, was the daughter of one of the Senior Ministers in the circuit of six chapels.
When Eddie met Pam, he was employed as a University Junior Technician, and his life was turned upside down. Cupid’s arrow flew and lodged so deep that the warnings of his friends in the Chapel never got past his ears. The pair were immediately smitten; nothing could part the young lovers. It was hard to break off with Doreen and even more difficult to heed the warnings of his associates in the chapel community. Pam was a Roman Catholic, and he was warned that their faiths were incompatible.
After purposely underperforming at school GCE ‘O’ level, Eddie studied part-time at night school, and after six years, he gained HNC level Chemistry certification. Then, he was invited to take up a career in Technical Sales by a National supplier of scientific products and instrumentation. Within a year, he and Pam had secured a mortgage on their first home and never looked back. There were ups and downs, but love always got them through the sticky patches. Eddie and Pam are approaching their diamond wedding anniversary.
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Wallace was born on the outskirts of Durham City eighty years ago. Married at twenty-one to his childhood sweetheart, Pat, whom he first met at the age of eleven, they are nearing their fifty-ninth wedding anniversary.
They never lived more than five miles from the Cathedral City until they were almost forty years old with two children, boys. Then, employment took their small family to the south coast: E.Sussex for a decade, then another ten years in lovely Hampshire.
Employment brought them back North, and now retired, they live on the edge of a small rural town in beautiful East Lancashire, NW England.
An author of children’s books with several works published on Amazon, retirement gave Wallace the time to concentrate on writing.
His latest project is bringing the Jimmy Crikey stories to market in audio formats with the help and direction of a great narrator.
The fifth Jimmy Crikey fantasy story was published in December 2022. He is now concentrating on a memoir recounting events that moulded his life up to the age of seventeen: the year he met Pat for the second time and the year his father died.
His account highlights his turnaround from a humble childhood in poverty to a successful career in technical sales and many adventures in International markets.