A Tear Fell Gently
This is a romantic and family saga (fiction) about a teacher, Steve Hardy, and a student’s family - the Burnett’s. Steve once worked with David Burnet, a member of the Brigside Fishermen’s Harmony Group. David’s daughters, Vanessa and Cheryl become romantically involved with Steve, who likes his own way and can charm the ladies. More
This is a romantic and family saga (fiction) about a teacher, Steve Hardy, and a student’s family - the Burnett’s. Steve once worked with David Burnet, a member of the Brigside Fishermen’s Harmony Group. David’s daughters, Vanessa and Cheryl become romantically involved with Steve, who likes his own way and can charm the ladies. His position at Redscar Technical College provides him with opportunities.
Vanessa is blinded by love at first, ignoring signs that all is not well but finally ditches Steve for making constant criticisms of her father’s singing group. She has a rival in her sister however. Cheryl takes over after becoming a laboratory assistant in the same college department as Steve.
Unexpectedly, Nigel, a technician at the college, dies, leaving his house and money to Vanessa. He had been distressed when Vanessa had shown a preference for Steve while she’d been a student at the college. Vanessa is flattered by the windfall but is still angry with Cheryl for dating Steve.
After Steve is seen kissing Cheryl in the Prep Room - by the Principal’s daughter - Steve has to leave, accepting a post in Surrey at Brooklands Technical College. He has a brief relationship with Marie in London before returning to Yorkshire and taking up a post at Denby Technical Institute of Further Education. When he discovers Cheryl has had his twins, he marries her – partly because Vanessa has married Barry from the harmony group.
After a trip to Liverpool, hoping to mix work and pleasure, Steve eventually meets Vanessa and friends, before joining them for a trip to The Cavern to see The Beetles.
David goes to hospital after a clash with Steve on a cliff top at Brigside during the Easter break.
Without returning home to Denby with Steve, Cheryl finally decides to leave him, writing a letter to tell him of her decision to go and live with Barry at his fish and chip shop in Brigside. Soon afterwards, Steve looks to Vanessa for help after an accident in the machine shop and she comes to Denby with her friend to care for him.
A vacancy at Redscar Technical College gives Steve an opportunity for a transfer from Denby to Redscar. After a trip to see The Beatles in Liverpool, and conflicting loyalties from the sisters, Steve confirms his relationship with Vanessa but things don’t look too good when Steve goes for a winter training run on the moors.