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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Jimmy was met by his new head master Mr Alan Jones who showed him to his classroom. He introduced him to Mrs Riley who would be his form teacher.

“Hello James, said Mrs Riley; you can sit over here with Robert Mason.”

“Hello Mrs Riley; it’s Jimmy not James please.”

“Very well Jimmy; if you would sit with Robert then please.”

“Jimmy took his seat and nodded towards Robert who in turn nodded back.

There were around twenty five boys in the class as he looked around the classroom. There was a large blackboard on the wall and a wooden desk below it with a straight backed chair where the teacher sat. On the end were a pencil sharpener and a row of twenty five books.

Mrs Riley gave him four different coloured exercise books to fill in. He picked up the blue one and for the first time he filled in his new name Jimmy Connors Hepple.

He repeated the same for all the rest. Mrs Riley handed out the blue coloured History books then told the class to read the story on page twenty eight. He looked at the story of Captain James Cook who was born in Marton 1728. He was 18 when he joined the merchant navy and quickly established himself as a map maker. Cook the father of five sons and one daughter was given the Endeavour to use to draw maps and track the orbit of the planet Venus in order to calculate the distance between the earth and the sun.

 

Jimmy read on about how Cook made his men bathe every day and air their bedding so they would not catch diseases; he also made the men eat fruit to stop scurvy.

In 1768 he made his first voyage.

On his second voyage he landed in New Zealand and ended up fighting local tribesmen called Maoris. He then sailed to South Australia but his men caught Malaria from mosquito bites and 30 of his crew died. However he did visit the Easter Islands He returned to England in 1771. On his third voyage in 1776 he found Hawaii and got on well with the islanders until they stole a sail boat. James Cook planned to kidnap the chief to hold ransom until his boat was returned but the mission failed and he was killed in 1779 by the natives.

 

Jimmy was captivated by adventure stories reading many books of fiction after he won two book prizes at school for English and history at his old school. He should have had another for maths too but they gave it to someone else. Jimmy had been gifted with a beautiful singing voice. He had been in the choir of Trinity Church as an Alto. He had sung arias in York Minster and in Durham Cathedral. Pat had taken him to Trinity Church in Gosforth where he continued sing with the choir there.

Michael had given him some money so he could pay for his school meals because he had told his adopted son that they both would not be at home until about 6pm.

They had a key cut and it was put on a chain so he wouldn’t loose it.

 

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