Do you believe?
Ask anyone on the IOM and they’ll tell you how they greet the Fairies whenever they pass the Fairy Bridge. Various fates await the non-believers. Some get chicken pox and some return home to find they've been burgled. Everyone has a tale to tell.
In recent years however, a simple "Hello Fairies" has not been enough for some people. Today, the trees around the Fairy Bridge have been festooned with memorabilia including, teddy bears, flowers, tributes to loved ones who have passed away and even ladies underwear.
It has always seemed a harmless, even humorous sight but now Manx politicians are considering if it could be presenting a hazard for motorists? David Callister MLC certainly thinks so.
“In the 1940s tourists were encouraged by local coach drivers to say hello to the Fairies to bring them good luck. The tradition has stayed with us and now it’s more popular than ever. The problem is people are now fixing things to the trees.
“It looks untidy and unpleasant in the middle of the beautiful Manx countryside. There has been a lot of political debate recently about litter in the countryside and this mess at the Fairy Bridge is no exception. As well as that, it’s not a safe area for people to stop. If there was a post box, people could send messages- they would get a reply from the fairies and we would all be happy.
The idea of having a dedicated post box for the Fairy Bridge is not a new one. The proposal has been put to the Tourism Department before but no action has yet been taken.
Geoff Corkish, Vice Chairman of the Isle of Man Post says the Fairies are great boost to tourism.
“The little people are important to locals and visitors. This is an Island full of enchantment and the Fairies receive letters from all over the world.
“They demand respect from all of us. We want a post box here and we may even get the Fairies their own website. The Little People are everything to all people. They are not just here, they are everywhere. They’ve even got a shop where we send letters to. What more proof do people want? I believe in Fairies, I’ve seen them; we are over-run with them.”
Linda Williams who runs the Fairy shop in Douglas said many of her customers ask how they can get a letter to the Fairies.
“Children write letters when they lose teeth or have a special birthday, but a lot of correspondence comes from adults. It’s for people of all ages and from all backgrounds. During race week we get all the TT boys in. I have become known as the Fairy God Mother and I sometimes even get phone calls for the fairies. It’s nothing sinister, it’s quite magical. It’s supposed to be light hearted and when the postman delivers the letters it’s very comical.”
“Children grow up too quickly nowadays so it’s nice to keep some magic in their lives. That’s why I always reply to letters. I don’t find it strange. If a post box is put up at the Fairy Bridge I could reply to them all and then keep all the names and addresses which I could pass onto the tourist board. It’s a self-generating business.”
The people of the Isle of Man await a decision from the authorities
last updated: 04/08/2009 at 12:39
Have Your Say
Should the Fairies have their own post box or should people be allowed to put memorabilia on the trees?
Dave Williams, Los Angeles (Linda's son)
A LOCAL THAT CARES
Carol Nicol, Onchan