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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“Oh my God said Jimmy did you see that?

“I’m afraid I have seen this before; they are no different to any other animal; we all have to eat; it’s a fact of life.”

“There will be more orca’s coming soon because they know the young seals and penguins have to run the gauntlet.

“It’s a wonder the species survive.”

There are that many of them that they cannot kill them all but it is a lottery whether or not they will survive to rear young of their own.

Martyn told them that a weather front was on the way.

I had better see if a can catch some fish and game then because we could be laid up in the cabin for a few days we do not want to use up all our supplies.

Michael went off with his rifle; he climbed over the rocks then lay flat to the ground using his telescopic sight he scanned the rocky ground that was now covered in a moss; there also were wild flowers growing where birds and hares ventured at all times of the day because there was no night. He shot four ptarmigans and three arctic hares he was keeping the skins to make his mother a pair of Fur slippers. It was something his father had taught him as a boy.

He stored them on the sledge then went to where the deeper water was he tied on a different lure and increased the depth in which he fished last time in the hope he would catch something different.

Again he didn’t have to wait long before he got an enquiry. He tugged on the line and immediately he felt something heavy struggling to get away. Jimmy slowly brought the line to the surface where he caught a halibut that must have weighed about sixty pounds. That was enough to keep them going fore more than a week.


By five o’clock the weather had dropped about ten degrees and it was bone chilling. The wind had also got up which was the signal to leave and get back to the cabin. Jimmy helped them pack the sledges as Jeff brought all the plants and seaweed.

Once everything was stowed on the sledges they put on their skis then man hauled the sledges back to the cabins.

 By the time they had reached the cabin the snow was coming down very heavy. Martyn and Jeff unpacked their sledged as Jimmy dragged his to the store room.

He cut up the halibut into steaks then skinned the hares. The ptarmigans were left to hang so that they would tenderise. He brought out the ducks then closed the storeroom door. Martyn had made coffee and had the cooking stove going he browned off the meat then put it into a large tin with a lid to roast.

Jimmy had brought krill so Jimmy made some batter then deep fried them as a starter.

The small shrimps were delicious; the good thing about them was they were plentiful

The sea was a mass of pink as they gathered together in their millions.

Jimmy made a duck casserole with the vegetables that had been left by the American researchers; who had put them into the store room. He even found two bags of potatoes they were covered with straw so they wouldn’t perish.

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