Someone else full of surprises is Jane's young friend, Glenda Brownlow; who has now been taken on as a full-time memberof
staff by Sandy - as a waitress in the Cafeteria.
A few weeks ago, Mrs Witton mislaid her ring; and after she found Glenda with a ten-pound note, she jumped to the wrong
conclusion, and accused her of having stolen the ring to raise this money. Glenda had been temporarily staying on board
Vera's boat, and when Vera reminded Glenda that she should start looking around for somewhere permanent to live, Mrs Witton
"No wonder she's anxious to get rid of you - she can't trust you, can she?"
Deeply hurt, Glenda tells Vera where she got the ten pounds; she asked a friend back home (Sandra) to lend it to her,
so she could pay Vera rent in advance and continue to stay on the boat. Soon after this, her story was borne out when
one of the Motel cleaners found the missing ring tucked inside a pile of old magazines. Mrs Witton had to apologise
to Glenda, which wasn't easy; and Glenda was sensible enough to accept the apology without making an issue out of it.
However, Glenda's troubles are by no means over yet. For one thing, Sandy has to check up, now she's on the staff,
and he discovers that the home address she gave him, in Southport, doesn't exist - furthermore, the local authorities there
have no record of her.
Glenda confesses the whole truth to Jane; how she's run away from home, how she doesn't get on with her Dad, how her
older brother Ron has already walked out after a family row and gone to Canada - and how she is in fact under age, and should
still be at school.
While Jane is trying to decide how she ought to deal with this situation, the cat is put among the pigeons, as Sandra
rings up and warns Glenda that her parents have found out where she is, and are on their way.
Terrified of being caught, Glenda does her disappearing trick, and moves on; so when Mr and Mrs Brownlow turn up at the
Motel, Sandy and Jane have to break the news ... Glenda is on the run again.
At the time, David's friend Bob Powell is going through a very bad patch indeed, follwoing the tragic death of
his wife, Anne.
Staying at the Motel, he has met Dr Hilary Maddox and her flatmate, Mrs Eileen Blythe; and with David's help
he makes an effort to be sociable. But it's not easy - and after one crashingly disastrous dinner party, David tells
the two women the cause of Bob's rapidly changing moods. They are both, of course, very sympathetic; Eileen invites
Bob to go on a picnic with them at Stratford-on-Avon.