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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Sergeant Gordon Philips rounded the men up and threw them into the back of the Bedford police van. Four police officers sat in the back whilst Akan and his friends were then taken to the dockside and told never to return.

 

It was after two am when Akan returned with five stitches in a head wound.

Efie Badoe had been dreading this since the episode in the Kit Kat Bar.

“I told you this would happen now didn’t I husband; what happened?

Akan tried to explain but Efie was having none of it she said you provoked the assault by going over there in the first place.

“Now you listen here woman and you listen well. No -one is going to take my freedom away from me understand. I have a god given right to go wherever I chose.

If we give into these people now we will bend the knee for all eternity.

“What is it going to take husband; someone to get killed before you listen?

“I’m going to bed I have work in four hours.

Elisa heard the shouting and came out of her room.” What’s wrong mamma; is daddy hurt?

“No child; your daddy is just stupid” you go back to bed now.”

 

 

Over the next five years there were skirmishes between the immigrants who would not give way to the racism being shown to them. More and more black people joined in the fight for equal rights. They came from London, Liverpool, and Birmingham with banners and placards demanding justice to those who would not accept colour as an equal. The protests lasted for months until MP Emma Lewell Buck had to step in and it was brought up in the houses of Parliament.

A bill was passed whereby no public house or retailer could refuse to serve black or foreign immigrants. Immigrants were given to right to prosecute anyone for racism whether it be in the workplace or otherwise. They had the right to take anyone to the Race Relations Board (RRB) for discrimination. It was a step in the right direction for acceptance but there were always going to be fraction groups who disagreed with government proposals and argued that this was their country first and that Britain should put its own people first. Akan Badoe became the first black councillor representing the canny folk of North Shields.

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