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 had always been a resourceful child and where ever there as to make money Jimmy was there. He spent over a week making himself a large barrow from wood that had been thrown out for the council to shift. Using some old pram wheels he put the four wheeled cart will wooden arms like his father had made. He used his father’s tools to great effect.

“When asked by his adoptive parents what the barrow was for he would just say for collecting. Every Thursday evening when the bins were put out jimmy would sift through boxes left outside with bottles that paid you a penny or thruppence” old newspapers tied up would be put into the barrow and taken to the local fish and chip chops where he knew he would be given a free parcel of fish and chips for. All the money he made from the return of the bottles went into his cracket that he made with a slit so the money could go into. Underneath he had made the seat so it could be unscrewed and the money removed once there was sufficient to buy something that he needed. Jimmy got himself a paper round and would run around all the streets until the bag was empty. At Christmas time he always got a few bob off most of the customers. And when it snowed he was out with a snow shovel that he’d made himself. It could shift twice the snow an ordinary shovel could so he could do more paths. He knew he could make up to two pounds per night clearing snow. Many of the neighbours asked if he would make them one of the shovels but Jimmy declined saying he had brought the shovel from Canada. That was until he sold his idea to Nixon’s wood store who sold yard brooms. At first they offered him one hundred pounds but Jimmy worked out that there were some 15000 homes in Gosforth alone.

He sold his wooden snow shovel idea for three hundred pounds with the proviso that they were to be labelled Hepple’s Snow Shovel on each one. Nixon’s agreed.

But what Jimmy did after that was he went to every haberdashery store from Newcastle to Whitley Bay. Jimmy was now very wealthy for a twelve year old boy.

 

Two years later he gave his mother a big cheque; she opened a bank account for him in his name.

He began to make bird boxes, wooden milk crates that could hold up to six pints of milk they were sanded and painted red. He even made some letterboxes like he had in Canada using the same idea he took them to the shops were he sold them the idea. People couldn’t believe that a young boy could have over twenty thousand pounds in savings in his account. His woodwork teacher Mr Halshaw said that he was the most talented craftsman that had ever graced Gosforth High School. The school had already put his photo up in the main entrance from the Evening Chronicle for his bravery in saving the life of his friend and fellow schoolboy Sydney Ahomet and school were running out of superlatives to explain how clever Jimmy Connors Hepple was.

 

 

 

 

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