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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“Hello Mrs Connors said Sydney as he walked into the kitchen.

“Hi Sydney said Jimmy, I’m reading a great book.

Jimmy passed the book over for Sydney to look at he looked at the back cover then passed it back.

“You can tell me all about it when you have finished reading it can’t you?

“What are you reading then?

Nothing; my mamma won’t take me to the library because she is too busy and you need an adult with you when you enrol.

“Right come on Jimmy we are going to get your friend enrolled. We won’t be long Pat. I will take your car as there is more room.”

Jimmy and Sydney sat in the back of the Hillman Hunter as Michael started the engine.

When they got there the lady was about to close.

“Excuse me miss would you mind enrolling this boy so he can get a book out because his mother is not familiar with officialdom?

“Well I was closing but because it’s you Doctor Connors I will make an exception.

“Thank you so much. “

They lady quickly filled out the card and then she told Sydney to go and chose one book.

“Where are the medical books he asked?

“They are over there on the right.

“Can I make a suggestion Sydney?

“Alright, Doctor Connors.”

He walked over and picked up a book of the human body and handed it to Sydney.

“Please study this and learn every bone in the human body and the Latin names too.

“I will help you with the Latin names; they are important when it comes to doing examinations.

“Thank you Doctor Connors.”

“You’re welcome Sydney.”

They drove back and as they came in Pat had set the table with the apple and black berry pie in the centre of the table.

The two boys sat as Pat put out the plates containing the fish Fingers chips and beans.

Jimmy got up from his seat and kissed Pat on the cheek.

Pat wasn’t one for blushing but she was taken aback by Jimmy’s action.

Both Michael and Pat smiled at their son.

They all tucked into their meal and even had some bread with butter something that Sydney had never had before. When they had finished Pat took out of the fridge two cans of Co-op shandy and poured them into a glass each.

“Right who’s for apple pie and some ice cream?”

“Both boys’s screamed me!

 

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