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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Once they had walked around the botanical gardens together they went to the art museum where they looked at Maori tribal art works which were beautifully hand crafted out of wood. Jeff let Jenny act as a tour guide as she pointed out various things of interest.

“How come you know so much about tribal history asked Jeff inquisitively?

“Maybe it’s because my father is the great, great grand son of a Maori King, Papa Tongarewa.

“You’re kidding me right?

“No; I will show you they came to a photo with some tribal leaders and Jenny pointed out all the chieftains. “ There is my great, great, grand father with his father. Here is a picture of my father in his traditional dress with your Queen Elizabeth and that is me sitting on the seat there.”

“I wondered why Tana Umaga and Jeffery Toomaga bowed last night when they saw you. I thought they were just being respectful to me.” So you are a Maori Princess?

“Yes; does that matter?

“Not to me it doesn’t but to your father it might; why didn’t you tell me?

“It was because I wanted you to like me as plain Jenny Marsh. Not Princess Juana Tongarewa. As they were walking out of the museum a native couple immediately bowed down and kissed the hand of Jenny.”

“It’s true you’re a real princess.

“Do you hate me for not telling you?

“No, Jenny should I now call you Juana?

“Please let us be as we were before you knew who I was.

“How come you ended up flying aeroplanes?

“Because I chose to Jeff; just as I chose you to be my man. There will be no other do you understand?

“Yes Jenny and you are my woman and there will never be another I swear.”

“Good now let us go and visit my parents.

“What do they call your mother apart from Queen Tongarewa?

“Semki.”

“I like it

They drove right up the hill to “Oriental Hill” where there was a massive building surrounded by a high wall.

They approached the gates where two natives nearly as big as himself; looked into the car then bowed then pressed the button to allow the gates to open.

Jenny drove up the long driveway to the palace. They were met at the door by four armed guards.

“Princess Juana; all four guards bowed in front of Jenny then said; please follow me King Tongarewa is expecting you.

 

 

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