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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She washed the soil from her hands with some Squeezy washing up liquid then dried them on the towel over the door of the oven.

“Something smells nice love, what have you made?

“I made a cottage pie with some French green beans.”

“Nice and did you make me my favourite?

“No love sorry, I didn’t have time today.”

Michaels smile changed as he took down two plates from the dresser and then got the cutlery.

Michael sat down as his wife took out the cottage pie then took out another large dish with home made rice pudding that her husband liked.

“You; you little bugger you lied.”

“I just wanted to see your face.”

Michael got up from his seat and kissed his wife.”

Michael Connors what are you after?

“Rice pudding of course, he winked.”

He opened a bottle of wine then poured them both a glass out.

Michael tucked into his meal as his wife asked how his day had gone.

“Well it was fairly quiet today love; the usual broken bones and a woman with a suspected heart attack. “ I tell you something that I did find out today though Pat.

“What was that?

 I had lunch with Jackie Bell you know, who works in radiography.

“Yes I remember you telling me about her.

“Well I was telling her about Jimmy and Eliza how they were both smitten with each other and she asked if I had any objections to Jimmy going out with a black girl.

“She never did?

“It’s true Pat, I got up and left her sitting there; I couldn’t believe that she was so prejudiced.

“What a bigot.”

I certainly will not be eating with her again after this.

I do not blame you; how can someone like her work with people of different nationalities then speak as if they were non human and not deserved of mixing with us.

“This is the world in which we live Pat; there are always going to be people like her no matter where we live.”

You would think that since the abolition of slavery in England peoples attitudes would have changed. People like Jackie view black people as a subservient race.

“We cannot blame everyone Michael; it is not everyone who thinks the way Jackie Bell feels.

“You’re right love; it’s just me getting annoyed because it was Jimmy she was having a go at.”

Michael poured himself another glass of wine then topped up his wife’s before removing the plates and putting them in the sink that had been filled up with hot water ready to wash.

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