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 horse and cart came around and the kids who were playing stopped and ran into the house to tell their mothers that “Staggie” the ragman was outside. Jimmy Stagg either bought or sold clothes.

Women weren’t proud in those days because most of the kids in North Shields wore hand me downs; they were poor. Old clothes were recycled into better clothes using an old Singer sewing machine.

Efie ran out of the house to get there first to buy the best off the huge pile on back of the cart before anyone else got in before her. She picked up as many items as she could and offered Jimmy Stagg three shillings.

“It’s four bob for that lot Missus.”

“I’ve got three shilling; that’s all they are worth come on!

“Alright then but don’t tell the others that I gave you them for three bob mind.”

“Jimmy liked the pretty black girl with a mop of dark curls and a smile that could knock you dead at ten paces. Efie was so much taller than her neighbours at five feet ten inches tall and had a very nice figure. Her brown eyes seemed to sparkle as she handed Jimmy Stagg the money.

 The kids all came around to the front to pat his horse. Jenny the small but powerful mare was brown and white and all the kids loved the three year old horse. He had bought her for twenty pounds from some travellers along with the flat cart.

 The horse and cart were paid for in less than a month. The horse was cheap to run too with only a bag of oats; apples and carrots that she was given too by the kids each day supplemented the horses diet.

Jimmy blew his bugle that told people that he was on his way. He picked up the reins and headed off towards Clive Street.

Efie took the bundle of clothes into the house that was simply built and Spartan inside. She went into her bedroom and placed the clothes on the bed. There were four dresses and two coats that could be altered she thought. Two had a nice flowered pattern on them they would make Eliza a dress for church.

Efie and her husband were devout Christians; they attended Trinity Church every Sunday and Efie would get Eliza to read a passage from the Gideon’s bible before she went to bed.

Efie took out a pair of scissors and began to cut the bottom of the dress whilst her daughter looked on. She reached for her pin box and placed a thimble on her thumb. After tacking the hem of the dress she took in the waist and altered the sleeveless dress using the material that she had taken off the bottom she made sleeves and a bow at the back. She then went into the living room where the old sewing machine was stored she added some blue thread then placed her foot on the treadle and began to sew the sleeves.

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