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British woman honoured by the Italian city of her POW father

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British woman honoured by the Italian city of her POW father

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A British woman has finally received the keys of San Ferdinando after tracking down her long lost Italian relatives to the city in the 1990s.

Dorothy Janes discovered she had a second family in the region of Calabria when she learned the name of her father.

She discovered that her a man called Antonio Mazzitelli had got together with her mother when he was a prisoner of war in England.

During the Second World War the British authorities had tried to stop relationships between local woman and POWs.

The city's mayor said the gesture had been an important one to make.

"Gestures of love, gestures like these are important because young people must reflect and become bearers of the values of fraternity," Andrea Tripodi said.

Dorothy, who is now 73, still has three half-brothers in San Ferdinando.