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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Since the end of rationing in 1954 things were easier to obtain in the shops. The Ghanaian diet consisted of plantain a banana like vegetable; yams, rice, maize porridge, beans, okra, peppers, and red and green chillies; with onions and garlic. The meat they ate was chicken, Pork, Goat, lamb or beef.

Akan liked his fish and they were right on the quay so Efie could buy fish straight from the boats cheaper than the shops. There was another shop called Ama’s the first ethnic shop in North Shields. Ghanaians named their children after days of the week; Ama meant Saturday. Ama was in her late fifties she came up with idea that there wasn’t a shop that sold the fruit and vegetables people of Jamaica, Ghana, and British Honduras liked to eat so she phoned her uncle in Kumasi who supplied her with a variety of things including spices, chillies, garlic, and Cous cous, rice and beans and maize flour.


Efie had made rice with smoked fish and peppers for their dinner tonight she had made a soup called Fufu made with lamb instead of goat.

They sat round the table like every other family in their kitchen (scullery) they discussed their day at work and family matters.

Eliza told her father that Spring Gardens School were going on a trip to Bambrough Castle and Seahouses and asked if she could go.

“What is the purpose of this trip Eliza?

“It is a historical field trip daddy we are learning about the inhabitants of the castle and the history of the fishing village of Seahouses.

“How much is this field trip going to cost your mother and me?

“Its five shillings and six pence daddy, but we do get a meal as well.”

“Has Elisa helped with the chores mother?

“Yes Akan she is very good; she hung out washing today and helped with the meal tonight as she does every night.

“Alright then you shall go my daughter.”

Elisa ran to her father and threw her arms around his neck and kissed him.

“Thank you daddy.”

“When is this trip?

“It is next Friday but I have to take my money in by the end of the week.”

“Please bring me the saving pot Eliza.





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