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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The first recorded unrest between races began in 1919 when there were skirmishes in the town in South Shields; then in 1930 British Merchant Seamen fought with the Yemini and the peoples from Somalia and Malaysia over Jobs. At first the foreigners were welcomed by the people of South Shields. Most of them had come to the North East as stokers or donkey firemen workers on board Merchant ships. They were employed by the British Merchant ships as cheap labour as they passed through the colony of Aden The work was hard and long hours were worked by the men who saw the North East and hoped that living there would open up opportunities that they would not get at home. Britain prided itself on having the largest Merchant Navy in the world. The foreigners integrated with the people of South Shields until the Arabs wee blamed for the lack of work and accused the Arabs of stealing jobs; mainly because they would work for less than what was being paid to British workers.

The newspapers were bombarded with letters from angry residents; then this was fuelled even more when signs were put up in shop windows barring foreigners from entering. A large contingent of men from South Shields descended upon the foreigners and fierce fighting broke out in the streets. Bricks were thrown through known houses of the Yemini families and shop windows smashed. A lot of the local police stood back and did nothing until petrol bombs were used. They rode in on horseback trying to break up the fights and several police officers were injured.

One officer was stabbed. There were over 30 arrests made over the course of the day when trouble erupted in Holborn. The situation quietened down and there was peace again until the 1950’s when the Tory government brought out a campaign and a slogan which read “If you want a N****r living next door to you vote Labour if you don’t vote Conservative.


Again shop windows put up signs that read “No Irish, No Blacks, and No Dogs” the government under Clement Attlee Nationalised nearly all industries whilst Sir Winston Churchill used propaganda to stir up the people against the Irish people saying that if we allowed them to settle amongst our people then the fienian’s would infest our people. This carried on into the 1960’s in England and in America when Dr Martin Luther King and Malcolm X were murdered. Racial hatred was being spread around the country and again fighting broke out. There seemed no end to the violence created by the government, as the bombings and shootings in Ireland intensified in 1969. The Notting Hill riots in London followed in 1970 after the murder of policeman Stephen Blacklock who was hacked to death by a group of black youths.




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