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 sound of How great thou Art’ could be heard as the choir sang in harmonious song. When they were finished the vicar welcomed everyone and began his sermon.

Akan, his wife Efie and their daughter listened intently to the words of the vicar as he described how Jesus was tested by an expert in law. “What must I do to inherit eternal life?

“What is written in law, he replied.”

“How do you read it?

“Jesus replied love the Lord your God with all of your heart and soul, your strength and mind. Love your neighbour as yourself.

“You have answered correctly;

“Jesus said do this and you shall live.

“Who is my neighbour the man asked?


Jesus spoke again saying; a priest walking from Jerusalem to Jericho came upon a man who had been robbed, beaten, and stripped of all his clothes, when he saw him he crossed on the other side of the road and so did a Levite. A Samaritan came upon the man and helped him. He bathed his wounds, gave him clothes, and took him to an inn where he gave the inn keeper two denarius; telling him he would pay him more upon his return.

“Who then was the good neighbour asked Jesus?

“The Samaritan who helped the man in need.”

“Then do likewise.” said Jesus.


The vicar said let us pray and everyone knelt on the cushions provided as the vicar prayed.

“Help us all to be good neighbours; do not walk by when anyone needs our help but show kindness and generosity, In the name of the father, the son, and the Holy Ghost. Amen.


Now I am pleased to tell you that one of our flocks has returned to us today and he is going to sing for us. “Jesus Good above All Others”

Jimmy came to the front of the church in his cassock as the organist played the opening bars of the song and Jimmy’s voice raised above everyone else’s.

Eliza looked up to see Jimmy singing and her heart was pounding; she had never heard someone sing as beautifully before in her life. It sounded like the voice of an angel she thought. When Jimmy was finished he returned to his place and the vicar asked everyone to repeat the Lords prayer.

When everyone was finished a collection was taken and the vicar asked everyone to go with God.


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