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Truro choirs remembering the Halifax Explosion in story and song

Janet Maybee gives Skylar Nicholson, left, and Ethan Neil tips on their speaking parts in ‘Colchester to the Rescue.’ The boys will be portraying children who were affected by the Halifax Explosion.
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Janet Maybee gives Skylar Nicholson, left, and Ethan Neil tips on their speaking parts in ‘Colchester to the Rescue.’ The boys will be portraying children who were affected by the Halifax Explosion. LYNN CURWIN/TRURO DAILY NEWS

TRURO, N.S.

Noble Driscoll was on his way to school with his brother Gordon when he was knocked off his feet during the Halifax Explosion. He only lost consciousness for a while, but his brother was never found.

Noble was one of the children who were sent to Truro, by train, for medical care and a safe place to stay – and his story is one of those that will be told during ‘Colchester to the Rescue’ Saturday evening.

The Cantabile Society performance marks the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion and features the Cantabile Singers, Cantabile Boys’ Choir and stories from the Colchester Historeum.

"This is going to be a very powerful event, unlike anything we have done before, said artistic director Chris Bowman. The combination of photos, historical documents, story-telling and some incredibly beautiful and poignant music will make for a very special evening. The choir has become swept up in the emotion of the story during our rehearsal process, and I have little doubt that the audience will find this equally engaging."

Colchester to the Rescue will tell the forgotten stories of how the people of Colchester County generously responded following the Dec. 6, 1917, disaster. It will be held Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. at First United Church.

Tickets are $17 general, $5 students (12 and under free) and are available from the First United Church office, MacQuarries (Esplanade), from choir members and at the door.

lynn.curwin@trurodaily.com

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