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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“Yes; I have it but I only have little money Doctor Connors as Kofi has not sent my allowance yet but I can pay you back.

Look North Tyneside Hospital is picking up the tab for this; so do not worry Alicia.

“Thank you so much Doctor Connors.”


When they reached the airport they were pushed through customs straight away and given boarding passes Airport Security drove them to the Boeing 737 aircraft and they quickly boarded. They were put into the first class sitting area. Once inside they met two other doctors from Newcastle General and one from the RVI. There was over seventy nurses who had volunteered to come.

All the doctors introduced themselves before Michael told them that he was the consultant surgeon at Preston Hospital.

Looks like you are in charge here then said Glen Peters and Colin Moses to junior doctors

“Right can I ask if any of you have any experience of this kind of emergency?

One of the doctors said he had spent four years in Ethiopia during the famine.

Good you can be my second in charge; what is your name?

Ralph Mason.

 I need you to brief the nurses on what they are going to expect out there and you know as well as I; that it is not going to be pleasant out there.


The plane took off right on the hour of 9pm and the flight to Kuala Lumpur would take 28 hours a distance of 8.910 miles. They were to be met at the airport by Junior Doctor Sydney Ahomet who would drive them to the hospital in Penang.

Michael Connors set out a relay team who would perform any minor operations whilst anyone with major surgical experience would assist him in theatre. Michael was in contact with Sydney by radio on the ground who said they had three theatres in the main hospital in Kuala Lumpur which some eighty miles away from Penang.

A plane from the USA was dropping surgical supplies with other surgeons to deal with Neurosurgery and spinal injuries. They were also providing over a hundred nursing volunteers to cope with the influx of injured people. They were also sending portable beds that could be erected and over three hundred mattresses. They were also sending food, clothing and medical supplies. Michael went out to the nurses on the plane and thanked them all personally for giving their time free of charge.

He told them that the earthquake that had hit Kuala Lumpur measured 9.0 on the Richter scale. It was the third worst earthquake ever recorded. He suggested that they try and get some sleep because the enormity of the task ahead which would require them to work a sixteen hour a day shift; he told them that there was one hotel still standing where they all could stay and that they would be under guard by the Malaysian army who would ferry them to the hospital and back each day.

Is there any questions?


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