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 first meeting since is election into office went well for Akan he had already made great steps to deal with the conditions that people were living in on the estate.

He had also dealt with road repairs on bus routes in all boroughs

The council job was something he felt passionate about.

Akan wrote countless letters personally to MP Michael Garrity asking him to address the housing situation on the Ridges Estate and in the town centre.

The houses needed re-modernising desperately and since WW2 structural repairs were not enough and he explained to Mr Garrity many of the houses especially in the town centre needed demolishing. Akan tried to address the issue of poverty. Akan said that there were still families who were finding it difficult to clothe and feed their families because of unemployment. He contacted the welfare rights board.

Since his election into office employment for women had risen some 70%. He hoped to increase that figure in 1962. The regeneration programme would start in January when the slums of Dockwray Square would be pulled down and rebuilt into flats. Each one would have hot running water a bath and toilet inside. There would be a cooker installed with work benches, a sink unit with 2 draws and cupboard space. There would be a window that could open to allow ventilation too. All this Akan had brought about in less than a year in the job and the people of North Shields could not thank him enough. Even though he was offered a house on the Broadway in Tynemouth he refused saying that if he was to be a socialist the he must live with the people a feel what they themselves were feeling.

 

Akan needed to encourage businesses to invest in the North East again.  Factories like Dukes and Marks, Levi Jeans, J & J Fashions, and Formica had opened and were providing work. Commercial Plastics Limited on the coast Road employed over a thousand men, there was Welche’s Sweet Factory who employed both men and women, business opportunities were opening up all over North Tyneside, and Akan was pushing for even more.

He wanted the divide between black and white workers to stop so that everyone could work together for the betterment of the borough. There were plans for a new shopping precinct in the town where shopping could be done under one roof. Akan hoped by the end of the 1960’s that unemployment, poverty; all housing issues would all disappear. He also hoped that men and women would be paid a fair wage without the need for strikes. The North and South divide was closing but very slowly.

 

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