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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 Walking up to the stores shop Dave Westgarth ordered some welding rods so that the arc, stick, and fusion welders could get to work.

Akan went to the back of store and took a cart with him he looked at the order then began to load up the cart with the various rods that were needed.

They had an oil tanker in for repair and repaint.

Smiths Docks was more a ship repair yard that a ship building one. Since the Second World War the need for ships had decreased. There were still enough orders to keep the yard in work for the next five years at least.

It had been a busy day for Akan today but that was the nature of the job.

He was glad when his shift was over and he could head home. He put on his coat and picked up his bag then walked to the gatehouse where he clocked out. Heading onto Borough Road then onto Saville Street towards the town centre He called into the corner shop and bought a pint of milk then carried on his way home.

Efie had made Oto; mashed yam and boiled eggs. She also made chilli chicken, with rice, and peas.


After Akan had eaten he told his wife that he was going to the Colonial House to play billiards. The Colonial House was set up in 1930 at number 3 Northumberland Place to accommodate many foreigners from around the world. The Germans and Greeks lived in Bell Street. Indian and Arab sailors lived in what was called “The Bullring,” these places were used by those who had married local girls.

The Colonial House in 1960 was used by Jamaicans, Ghanaians, Nigerians, and men from British Honduras. Inside men could play draughts, Gin Rummy, Billiards or come and listen to music played by their countrymen. 

He usually met his friend Evans Carter who he played billiards with. The room would be filled with cigarette smoke and a band would be playing jazz. Colin Stevens played the trombone and Arthur White the trumpet. Bibby Richards was on the drums and Akki Nyabongo playing piano.

Akan washed and shaved he had grown a small goatee beard and a moustache that was neatly trimmed with scissors.

He picked up his white shirt that his wife had ironed for him and put on his grey woollen suit and black oxford shoes that were highly polished.

 He wore a black and silver striped tie to match his outfit.

Efie straightened her husbands tie and kissed him before he left the house.

“Now don’t be too late Akan will you.”

“I won’t, don’t worry.”

“With that he turned and walked down the passage and closed the door on his way out.


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