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  • BBC News

    Saint's statue taken on flight over Italian town after procession ban

    Firefighters in the central Italian town of Rieti have found a new way to put a saint on show, after the annual feast day procession was cancelled because of Covid-19.

    A statue of Saint Barbara was strapped to the side of the fire brigade helicopter so residents could see her from below.

    The 4 December Rieti feast normally attracts hundreds of visitors, including from neighbouring countries.

    Barbara is the patron saint of both firefighters and the town of Rieti.