CKNX Night at the Blyth Festival

Published On May 16, 2016 | By Blackburn Radio | Events

Join us on Wednesday, June 15th for CKNX Night at the Blyth Festival featuring Our Beautiful Sons: Remembering Matthew Dinning

For CKNX Night Tickets are just $15 each. Get your tickets now as they are almost sold out. To purchase tickets call 1.877.862.5984 or visit

About Our Beautiful Sons: Remembering Matthew Dinning

Lincoln and Laurie Dinning were faced with a choice very few of us can fathom. Their son, Matthew, was a dynamic, charming, funny, young man who grew up just outside of Blyth, in Wingham. Matthew’s first posting with the Canadian Armed Forces was at Petawawa in May 2004, as a member of the Military Police. Shortly thereafter, at the age of 22, he became the youngest member of the Canadian Forces’ Close Protection Unit. When Matthew left for Afghanistan in February of 2006 his loving family said their difficult goodbyes, full of love and pride. That April, while providing security for Brigadier General David Fraser through the streets of Gumbad, the Mercedes Benz G Wagon Matthew was in was hit by a roadside bomb and the blast took his young life, along with three of his fellow soldiers. The Dinning family were devastated. A year later, when Matthew’s younger brother, Brendon, himself volunteered for an active tour of duty in Afghanistan, the Canadian Forces (knowing what the family had been through) called Lincoln and Laurie directly to ask the couple for direction; should they decline Brendon’s request? Should they assign him duties here in Canada instead?… Or should they grant his request, knowing the sacrifice this family had already made for their country? Laurie and Lincoln were left to make one of the hardest decisions imaginable for any parent; and this decision is at the heart of this play. This play is about love of family, the search for bravery, and the always complicated paths to manhood, motherhood, and peace.

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