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 two boys’ sat admiring their watches as Michael looked up at the electronic board which told them that their flight would be boarding in twenty minutes.

“Come on you two we have to go to the departure lounge at gate 23.

Michael picked up the rucksack that he had packed with cans of shandy and bottled orange juice. They walked down the long corridor counting the numbers until they reached gate 23 they went in through the doors and stood in the cue waiting until the doors at the bottom opened and they showed their passports and boarding passes.

Once inside they found their seats the two boys sat together alongside Pat and Michael who was storing the bag away in the over head locker.

Pat made sure that the boys’ were strapped in properly and told them to listen to all the safety instructions. Soon the huge jumbo jet was taxiing down the runway.

“Are we taking off now mam? “ We will in a minute or so when the aeroplane turns around at the end of the runway.” Jimmy looked out of the window to see the plane make a left turn then the captain of the plane came over on the radio and told everyone to prepare for take off.

Jimmy’s heart began to pound in his chest as the plane began to move then increase It’s speed then the thrusters were put on and the flaps of the plane went down and slowly the plane lifted off the ground; up and up it went until the airport was getting smaller and smaller and all he could see was the clouds.

When the plane levelled off Jimmy told his mother that the clouds looked like giant pieces of cotton wool.

Pat gave them both a sweet to suck on so their ears wouldn’t hurt with the cabin pressure.


And so their journey began; the 365 seat 747 aircraft made its way across the English Channel before heading towards the Atlantic Ocean.

The cabin crew began to serve lunch an hour into the flight and came around with the drinks trolley.

Pat had bought some dot to dot and word search books for the boys’ to stop them getting bored as the fight was going to be over twenty for hours so the boys shared the books and used both pens to fill them in.

After twelve hours both boys’ fell asleep. It was six hours later when they awoke.

Both of them wanted to use the toilet so Pat and Michael got up and escorted them to the toilet and waited until they were finished.

“When they got back to their seats Jimmy asked what they did with all the poo in the toilets” They don’t drop it into the ocean do they mam?

 “No son; they are emptied at the airport.”

“Glad about that; can you imagine being on a boat in the middle of Atlantic and 365 poo’s come down on top of you.”


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