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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Eliza Badoe began studying at nursing collage she was now sixteen and a lot of her work was hands on experience where they learned how to take blood pressure, how to administer drugs and give patients injections.

Over the next year she learned how to stitch up wounds, fix broken arms and legs’s and deal with children and drunken patients.

Eliza had no time for socialising like the other nurses who were jumping into bed with the young doctors.

She was tall, slim, and very pretty now but she found herself alone at night; at first she just thought that the other girls had forgot to ask her to come with them but she discovered that they were in fact jealous of her because of her dedication to the job.

Whilst her father was out on council business, Eliza had her head in some medical books.

The following year she was sent to the hospital in Salter’s Road to work in the physiotherapy department where she was placed in the charge of Patricia Connors.

It was only after a month that Patricia happened to mention that her son Jimmy was now at Sheffield University reading environmental studies.

“Jimmy Connors you say?

“Not the same Jimmy Connors that saved his best friend by shooting a bear?

“Do you know him?

“Well I haven’t seen him since I was twelve; I was in church and he was in the choir. He has a beautiful voice.”

“He must hate me because I was meant to meet him on the pier in North Shields and my father had made arrangements for my mother and I to go out and I was unable to go.

“Yes, I remember you now; weren’t you at Sydney Ahomet’s birthday party?

“Yes, I was that is where I first met your son.”

“He is coming home this weekend; would you like to come for dinner?

“Do you think he would like to see me?

“I’m sure he would.”

“But what would his girlfriend say?

“He doesn’t have a girlfriend.” Are you seeing anyone?

“No I think not; many of the nurses throw themselves at the doctor’s in the hospital; I am not one of them.”

“Wait until he sees you now Eliza; he is going to be shocked.”

“I think that he may not speak to me after what I did.”

“Jimmy is not like that; he will forgive you I’m sure Eliza.

“Then I shall come; if that is alright Mrs Connor’s?

“Certainly; I will keep it a secret until you come.”

 “What time would you like me to come?

“Can you make it for five o’clock?

“Yes I will.

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