Ten Sorry Tales by Mick Jackson

Hello! It’s good to see you again.

Now I know there’s a lot to take in on your first day working here, but you do need to take a look at this poster. These are the characters you really must keep your eyes open for in this town.

Ten Sorry Tales

Let’s start with the double act.

The ladies on the right are the Pearce Sisters – Dol and Edna. They don’t live in town, they have a place down by the shore, but they come in once a week to sell the fish they catch and smoke. We haven’t been able to pin anything on them, but I’m sure they’re catching more than fish in that boat of theirs.

The young man in front of them is the Boy Who Fell Asleep. Nice young man and I kjnow the parents well –  lovely people. Trouble is, you sleep too much your mind and body get out of sync, and who knows what efeect that might have. So we need to be aware, and we need be sensitive too.

Now the old man in the waistcoat – that’s Mr Morris. Lost a leg in the war, poor chap. Then he worked in the hardware store for years. Became a respected citizen, and there was nothing you could asked abot hardware that he didn’t know. Trouble started when he retired. He got very secretive, spent all his time down in his basement working on some mystery project. Then he just vanished round the time of the big flood. No sign of a body though. we need to find out what happened to him.

The young man with the accordian is Baxter Campbell. Very bright kid – maybe too bright. Interested in butterflies – maybe too interested.I can’t put my finger on it, but there’s something not quite right there.

We don’t have a name for the scruffy man at the back. We just call him The Hermit. A rich couple from the city bought that big estate on the edge of town.  They found a cave and they advertised for a hermit to live in it. Can you believe it?! Well they got one, but they got rather more than they bargained for. He’s probably long gone, but if you see him call for back-up and bring him in.

The tall lady at the back is Miss Bowen. Teaches music at the high school. You’ll have heard of her I’m sure, she made the national papers. Abducted by aliens they say, but she’s not talking. I don’t believe it myself – what kind of aliens pick you up and then drop you back in the same place later the same day?!

The blonde girl is Gwyneth Jenkins. Strange girl – digs up bones! Nor what kind of hobby is that?

Now Finton Carey, the young man with the dog, is missing. Doesn’t come from the happiest of homes – his father vanished when he was a baby and now young Finn’s gone too. But we’ve had sightings of him and the dogs up in the woods, so we’re still hoping to bring him home.

That’s Old Man Woodruff in the dark suit. He heads up his family business – undertaking. We’ve had reports of irregularities, so we need to keep a close eye on him – and his three boys.

That just leaves young Thelma Newton down the front. Accused a horse of stealing buttons, would you believe?  A sad case.

Amazing isn’t it, what goes on in one  town?

As I said there’s a lot to take in, but there is a book we put together that you can refer to. You’ll find it in the library. Mick Jackson wrote it and David Roberts did the illustrations. They did a very good job, and it’s well worth taking home to study.

Anyway, I must get on. But if you need anything, just ask.

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