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CAUTION: Libby Doorman Is Not The Real Virgin Mary.

Rating right up there with safety warnings of remove child before folding stroller closed, and to always avoid picking up chainsaw by the wrong end, a church group in Great Britain is planning a Nativity play for the public, but first must ensure the actress portraying the Blessed Virgin Mary dons a crash helmet in case she falls off her donkey, as reported by both Metro.co.uk (of London, England) on Dec. 8, 2013, and News Corp Australia on Dec. 10, 2013 (Australia is one day ahead of the United States).

The Bridge Church of Neath, Wales plans on 8-year-old Libby Doorman portraying the Mother of God this Saturday in their Nativity play, but not until she secretes a wee crash helmet under her Biblical garb.

The church's Youth Group leader Mark Barrett is voicing understanding of both the Neath City Council and the insurance company requirement that in case one happens to fall off their donkey, they must first be sporting cranial Kevlar.

As the compliant youth worker stated:

The owner of the donkey asked us to do this to make sure we keep to [City] Council guidelines and his insurance policy. We've just got to comply with it, and do everything we can to make sure that everyone is happy.

A local ass won the part of "donkey," and has been described as "a very docile animal" by Barrett.

Safety First...

It's never a pretty thing when a donkey goes wild, which may be a contributing factor to Barrett agreeing so readily to the crash helmet for little Miss Doorman:

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 have a duty of care to the child, and if she is going on a public highway, then she has to wear a riding hat.

Quite possibly a devotee of thinking the problem through to the end, Barrett planned for every contingency well ahead of time:

We don't foresee any problems - except the obvious with a donkey, but we've got a galvanised bucket and a shovel for that.

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