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 Shieldsman ferry pulled in at the ferry landing where Akan and his friends got off. They had been to a few bars around South Shields that night whilst in the Adam and Eve they noticed some men looking at them as they got drinks from the bar. Akan and Evans Carter told the others to drink their rum and get out.

They walked down Havelock Street to the Northumberland Arms it was quiet enough so they went to the bar and order another round of drinks.

They sat playing a game of cards when in walked the men they had see before in the Adam and Eve. Evans nudged Akan who in turn nudged Colin Stevens the trombone player. There was seven of them and only five of the men from South Shields who continued to stare at the coloured men with menace in their eyes.

Akan had seen that look before many times and I guess so had the rest.


He you lot one of them shouted over “didn’t ye get the message the last time ye wor here like?

Akan and the rest ignored the comment and carried on with their game.

“How lad am talkin’ to ye diven’t ignore me.

Again the men took no notice they continued playing. This seemed to annoy them even more. The man Akan recognised from Kit Kat bar a few weeks earlier was the one making his mouth go.

“We telt ye darkies last time we diven’t want ya here.

Akan stood up and spoke to the man who had made the derogatory comments.

“No you listen hear; we aint going no place do you understand me? We have as much right to be here as you so if you don’t like it then you can leave.

The big man took a swing at Akan but Akan whose father had been a professional boxer had passed on a few skills to his son who also could have made it as a professional but chose not to after he met Efie.

He stepped inside the big mans swing then left hooked him in the soft ribs. You could see the expression change on the big mans face as the pain of the blow registered in his brain but it was too late to react; Akan used a right upper cut to his jaw and he was sent sprawling over the table and landed against the wall where his head cracked against the skirting board.

The others came at Akan and he dispatched them with lightning speed.

 The bar manager came out after hearing the noise and asked Akan and his friends to leave.

“Why should we leave they were the ones who started this. Little did Akan know but the manager had called the police who promptly turned up in riot gear and carrying truncheons. Akan and his friends were set upon by the police and hit over the head and body by ten police officers.

Akan sustained a cut on the top of his head but Arthur White had his jaw broken; Gerald Vincent had a broken arm and the rest were badly bruised.

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