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 grey stone fronted house stood on half an acre of land it had a large window in the front a porch and a wooden swing bench.

There were four large bedrooms with their own bathroom and shower but no bath.

At the front of the house there was a grey stoned wall and lawn area with mini ferns along the borders with various flower beds. At the back of the house there was a redwood table and chairs. There was also a gas barbecue in the right hand corner; but the star attraction for the boys’ was a fifty metre swimming pool. They even had a hot tub.


The boys unpacked their clothes then took a shower before going into the garden at the back with their swimming costumes on.

Jimmy had learned to swim in the Jubilee baths in North Shields; Sydney learned at Gosforth baths.

“Can we go in granddad?

Did you bring a towel with you asked June?

No Grandma; It’s in mam’s case.”

“Don’t worry; I have towels that you can use.”

“You need to put some sun oil on first or you will both burn in this heat.

It was 82% and would get even hotter by about three o’clock that afternoon.

June covered her grandson’s body with sun oil whilst Pat did Sydney’s then they were off jumping in the pool and having fun with a plastic football whilst Michael and Pat filled in the blanks regarding Jimmy.

“It is going to be a while before he gets over the death of his parents Patricia.

“I know, it’s hard to believe that his parents have been dead nearly two years already.”

“They grow up so quick don’t they; it doesn’t seem five minutes ago when I was nursing you on my knee.” Look at you now you’re a parent yourself now.”

“I’m so pleased for you both as we never though we were going to be grandparents.”

“Now mother I don’t want you to go spoiling him.”

“But dear; that’s what grand children are for.”


Jimmy got out of the water and came and asked his father for a shandy as he and Sydney were hot.

“You let him drink beer dear.

NO Mother! Its non alcoholic but his real parents allowed him the odd glass or two.”

“Harry laughed at his daughter and told her how he used to sneak a drink of beer from his father when he was Jimmy’s age.

“It will do him no harm Pat, look at me I’m seventy five and fit as a flea.

“I know father but in England it is different and I don’t want him getting into trouble because of drinking.

“He’s a good boy Patricia; you won’t get any trouble from him; I know these things.


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