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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“You have no chance Jeff; Jimmy beats you in the looks department sorry.”

“Plenty more fish out there said Jeff.”

“Thousands of them in Antarctica Jeff, but they are the eating kind only.”

“I looking forward to catching a few of those when we get out there said Jimmy.

“I hope so because we are going to starve otherwise. See we heard about your hunting skills from some newspaper cuttings from a few years ago. When you were only twelve you shot a bear is that right?

“Yes, and he saved the lives of three people to boot; said Martyn.”


Eliza sat around waiting for a call that never came; she decided to ring Patricia to see what had happened. Picking up the phone she dialled the number and waited.

“Hello Patricia, it’s Eliza; have you heard from Jimmy today?

“That boy is seriously stupid I tell you.” he rang me Eliza to tell me that he’d got back to Sheffield but I’ve heard nothing since.”

“Well he said he would call me but he hasn’t.”

“I’m sorry Eliza; he will be on his way to Antarctica by now.

“If you hear from him would you tell him I called.”

 I will dear, I will see you tomorrow at the hospital.”

Thank you, Bye.”

“Bye love.”

Eliza replaced the receiver disappointedly then sat back down in her chair.

“She picked up her medical book and began to read.

Her mother and father were out so she hoped that Jimmy would have rung her so they could have talked in private.

“She was missing him already and wished she had stayed later last night.


Doctor Connors did his rounds as usual Sunday was usually a busy day for him but today it was very quiet; by twelve he sat in his office catching up on reports.

“He thought about his son and how he would be flying across the world in three hours time to the coldest continent on earth. He just hoped he would be safe and didn’t try and play the hero. The phone went in his office where he was called to attend a woman who had suffered a heart attack.

He rushed out and made his way to A&E where the woman was lying down on the examination room. He introduced himself then asked if he could take her blood pressure. Then he inserted a canular into her arm then took samples of blood.

The blood pressure read was 140 over 90 which was high in this woman’s case

Mrs Oliver we are going to put you in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) so we can keep a check on you. When your blood test comes back we will have a better indication whether or not you have had a heart attack or not.

“Is there anyone who we can contact for you?

“Yes My daughter Janice.”

“Do you have a contact number or an address for her?

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