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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Jenny took the passport then put it in her hand bag then sat down.

It was as if time had stood still as she waited but eventually she saw the Hercules landing then taxi to the terminal. The doors opened and she walked as calm as she could until the girl called her name.

“She turned back fully expecting to be stopped.

“Have a good trip in England.”

“Thank you I will.”

Jenny finally boarded then the plane turned and headed towards the run way and waited for clearance.

It was the longest ten minutes of her life.

The captain announced that they were ready for take off.

The plane taxied down the runway then lifted off and both Jeff and Jenny let out a sigh of relief.”

“We did it said jenny as she hugged and kissed Jeff.

“You must thank my friend Martyn without his help we wouldn’t be here.”

“Martyn thank you so much; I will never forget what you have done this day.

“Nor I, Princess Tongarewa.”

“It’s Jenny Stewart now.”


Well I think we can open this then said Martyn as he pulled out a bottle of champagne from his bag. They all laughed as the top few up in the air and Martyn passed the bottle to Jenny first.

“Here’s to a happy friendship said Jenny before taking a drink and the bubbles went up her nose?

The lads laughed again as the bottle was passed around.


When the plane landed everyone shook hands before they left. Jimmy got into his car it coughed and sputtered but it started.

He drove all the way back to Gosforth then walked into the hospital and made his way to the physiotherapy department. He looked through the window of the door seeing Eliza and his mother helping a young girl with braces on her legs back into her wheel chair. He opened the doors and went in.

“Hello strangers he said.” Eliza turned around and saw Jimmy then ran into his arms.

They hugged and kissed as he swung her around and around. Then he kissed and hugged his mother.

“Welcome home son did you enjoy your adventure?

“Yes; but isn’t it nice to be home.”

Eliza went on to tell him that his parents had bought them a house on Salter’s Road.

“That’s great mam thank’s.

 “Come on lets go back to my house and see your father.”


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