The New Tynesiders - Little Town - Book 2

"The New Tynesiders" follows the story of Akan Badoe; a Ghanaian immigrant who comes to settle in the North East along with many other ethnic groups. His struggle for acceptance in a racially bigoted Britain are documented. The story also follows young Jimmy Connors Hepple the boy from the "Little Town" story who is adopted by an eminent surgeon and his wife after a tragic accident where both his parents are killed in a gas explosion.
Jimmy meets Sydney a young black boy and they become friends. Jimmy the adventurer wants to work in the Arctic like his hero Sir Robert Falcon Scott. Sydney a doctor. The story takes you on a journey through the boys childhood into adulthood where colour, creed,or religion have no boundaries. The New Tynesiders will take you back from 1948- 1966.

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Mary Kate Fawcett and her sister Rose played hop scotch in the street with her friends June Patterson and Eliza Badoe, and Emily Seacole the great granddaughter of Mary Seacole who was dubbed the black Florence Nightingale during the Crimean War. Many men had come from British Honduras in 1948 where a lot of Africans, Jamaicans, Indians, and Arabs who came to settle in the North East of England. They came on the converted liner “The Empire Windrush” in December and a lot of them had not even seen snow before. North and South Shields welcomed the New Tynesider’s but Sunderland could not accept the ethnic people. Fights, racial abuse, and segregation took place on a regular basis. Eliza’s Badoe’s father; who was nicknamed Liverpool Accra because the customs and immigration could not understand his dialect, He travelled from Liverpool where he landed by ship and Accra because he was from Ghana. His real name was Akan Badoe he came with his wife Efie at the age of 20 where he found work as store man in Smiths Docks Ship Repair Yard. In 1950 Eliza Badoe was born. They lived on Nile Street in North Shields.

 

Efie worked in Tyne Brand a food processing plant that made a variety of foods from stewed mince to Irish stew; they also sold fish to France and herrings to Scandinavia. The work was hard and the hours long but Efie never complained she just went about her work in a quiet manner. She was paid four pounds and six shillings a week which wasn’t a lot. She would often work a Saturday which brought her wage up to six pounds.

Akan was only earning twelve pounds a week and like his wife was forced to work more shifts to bring in a better wage. He liked his job in the Store because he was in charge no-one could tell him what to do.

He took real pride in his work he knew every inch of that store and he knew exactly where to get the tools and equipment required.

Everyone liked Akan; the handsome Ghanaian stood about six feet two inches tall he was very lean looking with short cropped hair. He had a gap between his front teeth and large brown eyes. Akan never had a bad word to say about anyone in the yard which endeared him to everyone. If you needed anything Akan got for you.

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