Tales from the Finchbottom Vale – (14) Good Golly Miss Molly (Part 01)
Sharpington-by-Sea is a traditional seaside resort complete with a Victorian Pier, seafront hotels, crazy golf, the Palladium ballroom, well maintained gardens, promenade, theatre and illuminations, all the usual things to have a great time by the seaside, as well as amusement arcades and of course the Sharpington Fun Park.
The Fun Park was the first purpose built amusement park to open in Britain, which had an assortment of rides, like the Rotor and the Wild Mouse, The Cyclone and the Morehouse Galloper, all very tame compared to 21st century roller coasters, but still fun.
It was also a popular resort for retirees and boasted a number of static caravan parks.
Sharpington was a place that held very special memories for Boris Katarski as it was there that he spent many a happy hour strolling hand in hand with his wife Lizzie as they walked the promenade or wandered round the flea market during their courtship.
It made him feel good to think of those happy days, he wasn’t sure why they stopped their Sunday jaunts to the seaside.
Work got in the way he supposed, for both of them, she had her own business and Boris was an ambitious officer who his bosses knew would go far, but never at the expense of anyone else, his target was Inspector but not at any cost which is why it took a bit longer than he had hoped, but he wouldn’t compromise.
Despite his ambition he was also the joker of the pack and got results from his team with a laugh rather than a sharp word.
Which was why the tall muscular forty-two year old with jet black hair and wild eyes was standing by the pier in the September sunshine as a newly promoted Inspector at the Sharpington station.
It was the perfect move for him he had been in Abbottsford his whole career and he was looking for something a little less full on so he could spend more time with his wife and maybe start the family they had always wanted.
He met Lizzie Bird when he worked in Abbottsford as she was the best friend of Jenny Hack who was one of his colleague’s on DCI Overend’s squad.
It took him ages to work up enough courage to ask her out and in the end she got tired of waiting and asked him instead and neither her decision to ask, nor his to say yes, were ones that they subsequently lived to regret and they had been married for 7 years.
Although she was now 36 she was still an attractive trim brunette who was content with her life but for the fact that the ticking of her biological clock was deafening her.
When they first got together Lizzie owned and managed the “Bizzie Lizzie” florists in Abbey View Road, Abbottsford.
She now owned a chain of Bizzie Lizzie Florists all across Downshire including one in Sharpington which she had decided to work out of since Boris got his promotion.
They also sold their substantial property in Abbottsford and bought a beautiful cottage in Dulcet-on Brooke which was right on the river.
It was really picturesque and peaceful and the perfect place to bring up a child, if she could ever get pregnant.
And that was the plan, they had both turned their backs on their stressful lives in Abbottsford, to live in a stress free idyll, which would then be more conducive to conception.