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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“His mother waited for a moment then said and?

“And what?

“Well are you going to see Eliza again?

“Well you never know; I mean I’m off on Monday to the Arctic for six months mother she isn’t going to hang around for me.”

“She waited this long for you son; She will wait, I saw the look in her eyes.”

“The same look that you had in your eyes.

Jimmy changed the subject by asking if Sydney had called.

“Have you not heard from him since he went to Malaya?

“No; I will ring his mother in the morning and give her and address where he can contact me.

“What time are you leaving tomorrow?

“Early mother; I have packing to do back at my student flat.”

“I will make you a good breakfast then before you leave.”

“Thanks mam; right I’m off to bed; good night.”

“Good night son voiced his parents.”

“Jimmy lay in bed once he had undressed; he could think of nothing Else but Eliza. He kept on seeing images of her in his mind, her eyes, and her smile. Then the way she had looked at him.

He replayed the way she had leant across and kissed him a million times before sleep overtook his thoughts and he was snoring softly.


Eliza was up early for church with her parents; she put on a longer dress and a cream coloured Macintosh. She had fixed her hair so that it was off her face and neck and it showed the beauty that she really was.”

“Are you ready Efi asked her father as he paced the floor?

Efi wore a yellow head scarf in the traditional way they were worn in Ghana which went with her daffodil yellow dress and white court shoes.

She carried a yellow clutch bag where she carried some spare change to put into the collection plate.

Come mother we are going to be late; it would sit well with the church parishioners if we turned up as the sermon was already in progress.

Councillor Akan Badoe the forty two year old Ghanaian; a man of principal, Morals and someone the people looked to for help. Akan was proud of what he had achieved so far since his election.

They all got into the saloon car and drove to the church where they took their place reserved for them at the front.


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