HISTORY came to life for a group of Neston schoolchildren last week as Edward Smith – captain of Titanic – paid a special visit to their school.
The captain – otherwise known as West Kirby Light Operatic Society member Mike Ellis – dropped into St Winefride’s Catholic Primary School to share stories, facts and artefacts with Year 5 and 6 pupils.
Mike will be playing the ill-fated Captain Smith – who went down at the helm of his ship on April 15, 1912 – in the company’s upcoming production of Titanic the Musical at the Liverpool Empire.
The young historians were allowed to try on a selection of props from the musical, including ladies’ hats and life jackets.
The youngsters also had a chance to ask ‘Captain Smith’ questions about the sinking of Titanic and his role on the liner.
It was discovered during the visit that one of the pupils was a distant relative of Millvina Dean, the youngest passenger and longest remaining survivor of the sinking, who died in 2009.
Titanic the Musical will take to the stage from June 5 to 9. Tickets are available by calling 0151 342 2143 or visiting www.liverpoolempire.org.uk.