Airborne: The Life and Legacy of Lorna Bray (Opening)

Event Date: Friday Jun. 12th, 2020

Event Time: 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Host: Blyth Festival

Contact: 1-877-862-5984


Airborne: The Life and Legacy of Lorna Bray (Opening)

Lorna Bray was born in Blyth, Ontario in 1931. Lorna grew up in this small farming community, attended the local one-room school, went to church, saw the trains coming in and out of town, all in the midst of the Great Depression. And at the age of fourteen, in a break from all convention and expectation, she began what would become a defining lifelong relationship: she learned to fly a Piper J-3 Cub.

By the age of 16 Lorna not only had her private pilot's license, she had joined the Ottawa Parachute Club and became the first woman in Canada to jump out of an airplane. Lorna's illustrious career took her literally all over the world: from supply runs to the mines in Northern Ontario, to working as a flight instructor in New Zealand, to being Canada's first female civil aviation inspector. Even in retirement, Lorna continued to fly, volunteering for the Red Cross in Ethiopia.

Lorna won the Amelia Earhart Award from the Ninety-Nines, an international women pilots' organization. She was a recipient of the Order of Ontario, the Order of Canada, an inductee into the Women in Aviation International Hall of Fame, and the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame.

Lorna's achievements in aviation are astounding, and she had to fight hard for every single one of them. Lorna was a trailblazer and a standard bearer who aimed her cockpit right at the glass ceiling and pushed on, full throttle.

The play itself follows Lorna's phenomenal biography, and will be an incredible piece of storytelling with a few technical marvels that you will want to experience.

This event is wheelchair accessible.

Cost: $15 Youth $37-$43 Adult

Location: Blyth Memorial Community Hall , 431 Queen St, Blyth, ON N0M 1H0



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