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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My son is a good, hard working, conscientious, young lad Mr Badoe and what is more important at this time is he is in love with your daughter.”

“I am not prejudiced in anyway Mr Connors; all I am saying is that you know how difficult it can be for mixed races out there.”

“Can I speak husband?

“Yes Effi what is it?

“Love has no boundaries Akan; when two people love each other nothing can stop it.

The question of colour race or creed does not enter that equation.

If their love is strong; I believe that they can ride out any problems that the world may throw at them. Look at us Akan, we are from the same country we have had our share of problems as a couple but you have stood by me and I by you. “I am sure that Michael and Pat’s son will do the same.”

“Once more have you stopped to ask how our daughter feels?”

Akan looked across the table at his daughter who had sat in silence since Pat and Michael began to speak with her parents.

“What have you to say Eliza?

“All I know is that when Jimmy is not here with me I feel empty; I miss him so much.

He makes me happy when I am with him and although you may think that I have only known him for a short while; I fell in love with him many years ago at Sydney Ahomets party. Our love has grown since then and I will not give him up daddy; never.”

Akan sat in thought for a while at what his daughter had said before replying.

“It seems no matter what any of us parents here think. It is up to both your son and my daughter and how they both feel and clearly they both love each other.”

“I have no objections to your son seeing my daughter I believe that he will protect her with his life as he did for his best friend a Ghanaian.

“You have our blessing Eliza and may God bless this union.


Can we serve dinner now husband; I’m sure Pat and Michael are both hungry.



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