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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 In the afternoon during his maths lesson Jimmy thought about what he had said to his friend Sydney. He hated having to tell people that Pat and Michael were his adopted parents he decided that he would call them mam and dad as they were now looking after him as his real parents would have done. That evening when they were having tea Jimmy asked if he could now call them Mam and Dad.

Pat and Michael were delighted that Jimmy had decided this and asked if they could call him son as from the day they adopted him he had always been their son.

“Mam; is it alright to bring my friend for tea tomorrow?

“I don’t see why not; do you Michael?

“That is good that you have made a new friend; what is he called?

“His name is Sydney he lives in Henry Street; his father is from Ghana and his mother is Malayan.

“Well you tell him to come son said Michael; he is welcome in our home.

“Tell us more about your friend then.

Jimmy went on to tell them how he had seen Sydney sitting in the yard on his own and that he’d given him one of his sandwiches and half of his apple.

He also told them that Sydney wanted to be a doctor.

“I thought you could help him to learn as he is very bright dad.”

“Of course I will; have you thought about what you would like to be when you leave school son?

“Yes; I want to be an explorer or historian; maybe I can work in a place where history and travelling to different countries are combined.

“What about Marine biology or wildlife preservation in Africa.

“But dad I like to go hunting for rabbits, hare’s and pheasants I haven’t been since mam and dad died.”

“Well how about I take you into the country on Sunday; Ingram valley has lots of rabbits; I used to go when I was your age with my father.

“Is he still alive?

 “No son he died last January with cancer he was very sick.”

“What about your mother?

She has what is called Alzheimer’s which affects your memory; she doesn’t know who I am when I go to visit her.

“What about you mam are your parents alive and well?

“Yes and we will visit them in the school holiday.

“Where do there live?

“They both immigrated to Canada about twenty years ago.”

“Wow does this mean I will be going on an aeroplane?

“Have you never been on an aeroplane before?

“No Never.”

“Well we will have to get you a passport sorted out because you will be coming.”  

  

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