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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They reached Hartside at ten past eight and parked the car then took all of their equipment out of the boot.

“Can we carry the rifles dad?

“Yes but do not take them out of the cases yet until we are in a safe area.

Jimmy ran through the rules of shooting to Sydney that his father had taught him along the finger posts that led to Linhope Spout.

“This is a good fourteen miles to walk there and back; so just take your time and enjoy it.”

The boys walked stealthily along the pathway looking for rabbits or cock pheasants which they hoped to shoot. There was a wood on the right; they headed towards it. Once they had reached it they took out the rifles.

“Have you done any shooting before Sydney?

“Yes with my father in Malaya with real bullets not slugs though.

“Did you shoot anything?

“Yes I shot a wild pig; they are very big and aggressive. They have these great tusks that can rip your legs wide open if you are not careful. They are very fast too.”


“Did you eat it?

“Yes Sydney laughed the whole village eat it. The wild boar was some two hundred and fifty pounds.”

“Were you not scared when it came running towards you?

“Terrified, but I kept cool and squeezed the trigger as it was about ten feet away from me. I got him right between the eyes.”

“Did you hear that dad; Sydney shot a wild boar.”

Jimmy gave Sydney some slugs to put in his pocket as they made their way through the wood.

They both saw the group of rabbits as the frolicked about in the dried leaves of the wood.

Quickly they both took aim them fired. They both reloaded then shot again.

Then reloaded and waited. When there was no signs of any more they ran towards the dead rabbits.

“We will have to skin them here said Jimmy as he took out his scout knife that his father had bought him. Jimmy skinned his then said to Sydney it was his turn.

He was actually faster at doing it than Jimmy was. Jimmy unloaded both rifles then put them back in the cases. He was using his father’s gun and he felt proud that his father had taught him some skills that would always come in handy.”

 The skinned rabbits were put into a plastic bag then into the bottom of the rucksack. He quickly retied the straps then slung the bag over one shoulder. Sydney passed him the shoulder strap for the other side and Jimmy fed his arm through it then adjusted it so it was comfortable before picking up his father’s gun.

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