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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Jeff came through to tell the lads that she had not returned home and that she was not at her friend’s house either. Jeff was thinking the worst.

“Maybe she didn’t make it back and went down in the Indian Ocean.”

“Maybe she is waiting to be rescued said Martyn; look mate stop beating yourself up Wait until tomorrow then you can try again.”

“You’re right.”

“I suggest we all hit the hay then we will be fresh for tomorrow and be thinking more clearly.”

I’m going to stay up a while longer if you don’t mind Martyn Just in case the girls call back.

“All right big man; see you in the morning.”

“Goodnight Jeff; try not to worry matey.

“Good night lads.”

Jimmy lay on his bunk and opened one of the letters that Eliza had sent him; by the forth letter he was feeling decidedly better. He read a letter from his mother and another from his father then turned out the light,

Jeff on the other hand stayed awake until three am then gave up and went to bed.


When his alarm went off Jeff had a stinking headache he battered the alarm with his open hand and it went flying across the room.

Jeff reluctantly got out of bed then went straight to the medicine chest where he got two paracetamol tablets out of a bottle. He drank some water with the pills then went to the portaloo. He put on some warm clothes then his boots he was now ready to start the day. Jimmy made breakfast they all sat at the table as Martyn discussed the plans for the day.

“We are off to Marble Point today folks. It’s a good ten miles so make sure you get plenty to eat as we wont be stopping until we reach it. Jeff forced a bowl of hot porridge down and drank two cups of hot coffee. He was about to go and load the sledge when the CB radio went off.

“Rhino Tackle; Rhino Tackle; this is £Scrum Down come on.”

Jeff recognised the voice and ran to the receiver and clicked.

“Scrum Down this is Rhino Tackle where have you been Jenny I’ve been worried sick.”

“I had some engine trouble so I landed in Australia.”

“Are you alright big man?

“I am now but listen I want you to do something; He explained about the plan he had and told her not to go back to New Zealand but to ring her parents and tell them that there was trouble with the plane which will be confirmed by the Australian authorities tell them that you plan to stay in Australia until it’s fixed. I will radio you later love I have to go. Take care.

“I Love you Jeff.

“I love you to Jenny; bye for now.”

Jeff went outside and told the lads that Jenny was alright and was in Australia.

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