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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When the ferry had docked Akan and his family made their way through the town they passed the big Allen’s store on Laygate Street it was said to have a tunnel under the shop that led to the other side of the road. Then they passed the Old Mill and Hansons fish and chip shop in Dickson Street.  Up ahead was the Eskimo Slipper factory where the Bedford vans and trolley buses ran up and down its length.

When Akan reached Moffet’s Barber shop on Cuthbert Street he went in and had his hair and beard trimmed for two shillings and sixpence. When they came out Akan headed to the Co-op on Frederick Street; where Eliza could look at the dolls and prams that they had on display as well as toys.

Then they went to the large market which had over sixty market stalls all selling various things from shoes to second hand clothes. Efie found two dresses that she could convert into more modern day clothing. She haggled with the owner and got then for two shillings. Then they went to the vegetable stall run by Yemini’s Efie bought everything she would need for the week. She asked to see all the yams and plantain before they were put into the bags along with the salad she would buy as well. Because the stores would be closing she got them at a fraction of the price because they had to get rid of them. She bought rice and maize flour from another store whilst Eliza wandered around. Once Efie had all the provisions for the week

Akan called for his daughter and the walked back towards the Kit Kat Bar and cafe

Shall we go in husband she asked?

“Yes I could use a drink they went in and sat at the table with white nets at the window. There was a menu on each table which Akan looked at there were other people in the bar/café and they waited and waited. The people behind the counter never approached to take their order but they went around other tables.

Akan got up and approached the bar counter.

Excuse me he smiled but we have been waiting over half an hour to be served.

“You will have to speak with the owner said the woman behind the counter with a sarcastic grin.

Would you please ask him to come and speak with me then asked Akan.

“I will when I have served these gentlemen over here.”

“Well we came in here before these people how comes you are serving them before us. “

“Speak with the owner was the reply.”

Akan sat back down and waited. “Come on Akan let us leave this place look around you they are all white folks here.”

“No we came here to be served and we will be. Akan and his family were being stared at as if they were some kind of aliens from outer space by the other customers.

Then two of them came over to the table and asked Akan to leave.

“Why should I leave; I am waiting to be served.

“We don’t serve your kind in here can’t you read?

The big looking man in a black suit pointed to the wall where it said; THE OWNERS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE ANYONE CUSTOM.

“My family and I only want a drink and then we will leave.”

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