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Illingworth House: Chance Child - Part One: 44 - Rosemary Braithwaite's Wedding

...Rosemary Braithwaite's wedding took Keighworth by surprise. There was no announcement and few invitations. Most surprised of all was Harry Clemence when she said she was pregnant...

In one giant stride Harry Clemence makes it into Keighworth's upper-crust bracket.

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Rosemary Braithwaite's wedding took Keighworth by surprise. There was no announcement and few invitations. Most surprised of all was Harry Clemence when she said she was pregnant. He was the first to know. Her mother was the last. Rosemary was seven months gone when she told her and hurried arrangements had to be made for the wedding. Only family were invited and it passed off quietly, and when it was all over, Harry couldn't believe his luck. He had made it, made it well and truly into Keighworth's upper-crust bracket. Two months later, his son Rodney was born.

His arrival coincided with his mother-in-law's divorce and the departure of Major Percy Kingham-Jones from their lives, thanks to Grimstone's efforts. The major went rapidly downhill and moved to Leeds when his credit and woman ran out on him in Harrogate. His good standing had long fallen in London which he still visited, sponging on chance acquaintances, till they also ran out. Then, he returned to the backend of Leeds.

He took a string of jobs there, playing on his rank and scraping a living as a rep for a wines and spirit retailer for some time, but he drank more than he sold and when he began fiddling the books, he was sacked. Eventually, he became a bookmaker's runner and then ran a second-hand shop.

Fanatically right-wing and anti-Jewish, he joined the British National Party and threw his lot in with Mosley. He strutted alongside his leader at all the fascist rallies in London, dressed in his black shirt and all the sickening regalia that went with it, ordering the bully boys around him into action whenever they met opposition. There was a large population of Jews in Leeds, who were baited by the major constantly, at marches he organised through their area.

His departure from Keighworth was greeted with relief, not least by Victoria, whose bank balance made a steady recovery. She bought another shop in Skiproyd, which Rosemary helped run after her baby was born. When she married, Rosemary came into a hefty legacy from her grandfather, which enabled her and Harry to set up home in style.

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