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 walked another two miles through the valley were the road descended towards Linhope. In the surrounding Scots pine trees they spotted red squirrels bounding from the branches as they nibbled on the pine nuts. They even saw a red kite hawk and two owls.

“There are deer up here as well you know boys; they will be right up in the Cheviot Hills. They only come down here to forage in the winter. You have to ask permission to shoot a stag or hind and you have to pay a lot of money as well.

“Can you eat deer dad?

“Have you never eaten venison before?

“No said the boys; what does it taste like?

Well it is leaner than roast beef but a little stronger in taste. My father made venison stew because you have to cook the meat very slowly for it to tenderise.

“Can we get some so I can try it?

“Of course son; I will ask your mother the next time we go shopping.”

“How are you boys’ doing do you want to stop for a drink?

They came to a clump of rocks and sat down on the grass where Michael poured them both some coffee and they ate a Bar Six chocolate bar.

Next weekend I want to take you to the fish quay with me Sydney. We can go fishing if that’s alright to go dad; is it?

“If I’m not working; or your mother could take you down.”

“Yes it will be nice to go back home; I could take some flowers and put them on my parents grave.

“That is a good idea son; it has been over a year now.”

“Four months and I will be twelve.”

“It is my birthday on October 29th.”

“Are you having a party?

“I’ve never had a party before; we do not celebrate birthdays like you.”

“So you do not get gifts or have sandwiches, cakes, and biscuits. With jelly and fruit trifle either?

“No Jimmy in Ghana where my father comes from we have what is called Krada it is a ceremony to purify the inner soul. Then we wear white clothing and the room is decked in a white background.

“We serve “Otto which is a dish made with mashed yams and boiled eggs; and a stew called Kelewele.”

“We play Ampe which is a game with girls; many families are invited.

“You and your parent’s will be invited.

“That is very nice of you Sydney said Michael.”

I have a Malaysian birthday too where I get Ang bao.

“What is that?

It is a red envelope with money in it; we play music and eat food from Malaya.


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