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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 For over two months Michael and his wife Patricia had worked in various hospitals around Malaysia. They had taken Sydney and his team from England with him.

The clean up operation had begun. It was going to be a slow process rebuilding the city but it would be done. Michael could now return to England with his wife.

He told Sydney if he ever needed a job to come and see him. Alicia; Sydney’s mother had to return with Michael and Pat. They boarded the Hercules that would take them back home again.

Michael rang his boss to tell him of his return who told him and his wife to take a week off work they’d earned it.

“I cannot do that said Michael; and who would do his wife’s job a Sanderson’s?

“Leave that to me said Gordon Philips; I will take care of it.” Well done to you and the team out there and I will see you soon, Bye for now.

“Thank you sir; good bye.” Michael hung up the phone and told his wife that they had a week off from work. It would be good just to relax and recharge their batteries after all they had seen and done.

On he plane Michael wrote up a report to give to his boss then put it in his brief case.

Now he could relax.


Pat drove them all home when the plane landed. The vast change in temperature had them sneezing; Michael reached for a packet of handkerchiefs from the glove department. They all laughed and Michael said “Welcome back to sunny England folks.”

It was one in the afternoon by the time they dropped off Alicia and got back to the house in Belleview.

They were met by a large pile of letters at the door sent by Jimmy, utility bills and advertising.

Pat put on the kettle as Michael unpacked his cases. A lot of their clothes had been burnt because of cross infection. They would have to go out and buy new clothes whilst they were both off.

Once he’d sorted what he was to keep and what just needed washing he replaced his suit that was never worn and two pairs of spare shoes back into the wardrobe.

He came back down stairs where his wife had put out a cup of coffee.

Michael picked up the first of the dated letters from his son and read it out to his wife.

When the five letters were read there was a visible tear in the eyes of his adoptive mother. She missed him terribly; but knew she had to let him go.

She picked up the phone and rang her mother and father to tell them they were now back safely.

 Her mother had not been well and her father had taken her to the local hospital.

She was beginning to forget little things; and would ask the same question several times even though she had been given the answers by her husband.

After a series of tests the doctor told him his worst fears. His wife was in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

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