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 council meeting got underway in the library on Howard Street Akan sat with many other black and foreigners as Councillor Paul Kelly stood up and got the meeting under way. He discussed the expenditure for the council that year and what plans they had for the future.

 “John Bine stood up and asked when they were going to deal with the dampness from the houses in Briarwood Avenue in the Ridges Estate.

“Well we are getting a lot of complaints from other areas Mr Bine but I’m Sure in Due course that we will get round to dealing with the streets of the Ridges Estate.

Akan stood up and asked why they ere being segregated when it came to getting anything done by the council.

“What do you mean erm Mr?

“ It’s Badoe, and it seems like the vast majority of the council’s money is being spent in Tynemouth and Whitley Bay  Mr Kelly?

“That just isn’t the case Mr Badoe we are making great progress in integrating coloured folks and people of the surrounding areas.

“Can I ask you then how many of those coloured folks that you talk about; actually live in Tynemouth and Whitley Bay?

Well I do not have the actual figures with me Mr Badoe but I’m sure that you will find that there is an equal proportion of black and white people living in all areas.

“Can I ask where you live then Mr Kelly?

“I live in Queens Crescent Mr Badoe why do you ask?

“Because I want you to tell me how many black people live in your street?

I don’t really know Mr Badoe.

“Alright then how many Greeks, Jews, or Indian people live in your street?

“Again I do not have the actual figures.”

“Well you see Mr Kelly I do and I can tell you that I’ve visited many, many streets

In Tynemouth and Whitley Bay Sir and we found only five families and they are all living in owned properties. Not one lives in rented accommodation Sir; why is that?

I can also tell you that there are no ethnic, Greeks, Jews or Indians within a two mile radius of where you live. Is that correct Mr Kelly?

As I have just reiterated ladies and gentleman I don’t have the actual figures.

“That is because Mr Kelly if you had taken the time like I have over the last month going from street by street you would know.

When was the last time that you went around your constituency then?

“Now that I can tell you Mr Badoe; I went around only last week.

Akan Badoe looked around the room and asked “Has anyone here seen this gentleman at your door or even in your street?

“How long have you been a councillor Mr Kelly?

“I was elected twenty five years ago and I am proud to have served erm my community in that time.


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