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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Jimmy was going to take Eliza in the car but she told him she had her own car now. Her father had bought it for her.

“I will drop the car off then we can go to your house Pat.”

Jimmy followed Eliza in the car to a house he had been to many times when he was a young boy he used to clear the path of snow. The letter box and milk crate that he had made were still there.

Eliza showed him around; she had fixed up the place lovely and both Eliza’s parents and Jimmy’s had helped decorate.

There was a large garden and even his fathers shed with all his tools had been moved from his house.

“This is marvellous.”

Jimmy drove to his old home and walked in to the living room where Akan and Effi and his father and mother were waiting.

“Hello Jimmy said Akan I’ve heard so much about you it is nice to meet you.” This is my wife Effi.

Then there was a knock at the front door.”

“Would you answer that Jimmy?

Jimmy went down the passage and opened the door and standing on the step was his friend Sydney, his mother and a young girl.

Jimmy embraced his friend and then his mother.

“Jimmy I would like you to meet my wife Matalla.”

“Hello; come in don’t stand out here it’s cold for you.”

Jimmy hugged his father and thanked him for everything.

“Come and sit said his mother we have made your favourite dinner.”

“I’ve made a rabbit stew and some rice pudding for afters.”

“Did I tell that I love you mother.”





Two years later Jimmy and Eliza were married; Sydney Ahomet was his best man.

 Jeff came to the wedding with Jenny his wife and their son who he named Martyn, Jimmy; Sharp. Martyn brought a woman with him too and they were to be married later that year. Martyn had been the best man at Jeff’s wedding and Martyn asked Jeff to be his.

Sydney, Martyn, Jeff and their wives became life long friends.

Jimmy took a job at Northumbria University as a historian when he graduated with honours.

Michael Connors received a Knighthood for his services over in Malaysia. His mother was made a Dame. Sydney received an OBE; his mother Alicia received an MBE as did all the other doctors with the 70 nurses who volunteered.


The End

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