If luck be a lady, then this is what she looks like... St Albans’ twin town donates Fortuna statue to city

Mayor Geoff Harrison with the mayor of Fano Massimo Seri

Mayor Geoff Harrison with the mayor of Fano Massimo Seri - Credit: Archant

Luck, fate and fortune should follow the presentation of a statue of a Roman goddess to St Albans by its newest twin town.

The 6ft statue of Fortuna was presented to outgoing St Albans Mayor, Cllr Geoff Harrison, by the Mayor of the city’s Italian twin town of Fano.

It is a modern artistic interpretation of the statue of Fortuna that stands in a fountain in Fano’s main square. The Roman town of Fano was originally named Fanum Fortunae, or ‘the shrine of Fortuna’, the Roman goddess of Fate.

The Mayor unveiled the statue in the Alban Arena after it was presented by Fano’s Mayor, Sig Massimo Seri, accompanied by Italian consular official, Sig Luciano Rappa.

Cllr Harrison said: “I am very grateful to Fano, its Mayor and other representatives for their generosity in giving St Albans this statue to remember them by. The gift marks the strong links between the twin towns, both of which have Roman heritage.”

Sig Seri added: “Fortuna has a very special place in our hearts and we trust that she will bring good fortune to everyone in St Albans city and district.”

St Albans council is planning to put the statue on display once a suitable long-term location has been identified.