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Nativity regulations in Wales: Mary must wear safety helmet

- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Safety rules and regulations in south Wales are dictating that a little girl portraying Mary in a church Christmas play wear a safety helmet while riding a donkey during the nativity scene.

"We've been advised that any young child riding a horse or donkey needs a hard hat for health and safety purposes," said Mark Barrett of the Bridge Church in Neath, south Wales, the BBC reported. The mother of Jesus will be played by an eight-year-old girl named Libby Doorman for Mr. Barrett's play.

"We've got to consider that Mary will be riding a donkey on a public highway. I know that the donkey will not be moving very quickly but we don't want to flout the law," he said.

According to the BCC, the donkey's owner informed the play organizers that his license requires riders to use protective headgear.

"We take her through the procession area to the town center, crossing a main road," Mr. Barrett said. "We've had to put marshals along the way to make sure the crossing is safe and the animals don't get startled."

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