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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“How are you coping then dad asked Patricia?

“Oh I’m fine at the moment Pat, but if your mother gets worse, which the doctor says will happen; I don’t know what I will do.”

“If it becomes too much for you dad then you must have mother taken to a care home. “ Do not worry about the expense dad, Michael and I will take care of it.”

Oh it won’t come to that yet; your mum is only seventy years old.

“It is as progressive disease dad, and it will get worse. Some days she won’t even know who you are.” Michael and me will try and get over in the summer with Jimmy.”

“That would be nice Pat.”

“Try not to worry dad and if you need anything I am just at the end of a phone line. She gave him her works number so that he could phone in case of an emergency.

“Thanks Pat; don’t worry now.”

“Alright dad take care, I will ring you tomorrow.”

“Bye love.”

”I love you dad; bye.”

“I love you too.”

Pat replaced the receiver and sat down in the chair and began to cry.

Michael got up and came over to his wife and asked what the matter was?

“Its mum, she has Alzheimer’s disease.

“I’m sorry love said Michael as he put his arms around his wife and just held her.

“What are we to do Michael? My father will never cope doing everything.”

“Well we could bring them over here in the summer and we could look after them here.

That is fine darling but when mother gets worse she will need to go into a home we know that; I don’t think my dad will move from Canada; he will not leave his homeland, I know him.”

“Then what do we do Pat?

“I’m sure my father will make that decision Michael when the time comes.”

“I will have to write to Jimmy and tell him.

“Yes you must.”

“I will prepare us some lunch whilst you are doing that.”

Pat took some writing paper from the bureau and her fountain pen from her bag and set about writing the letter to her son.



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