Say hello to the fairies

“Say hello to the fairies,” the big, burly man sitting in the taxi next to me said.

“Hello, fairies,” he laughed, waving out the window.

I couldn’t let him make a fool of himself, so I joined in.

“Hello, fairies,” I waved self-consciously.

Driving on the Isle of Man from the airport to the island’s capital of Douglas, we passed over the Fairy Bridge. If you take the A5, you will, too.

Now, legend has it (as only legend will) that if you ignore the fairies who allegedly live there, you’ll be cursed with bad luck, so consider yourself warned.

The Fairy Bridge on a sunny day in this Isle of Man Government photo

The Fairy Bridge on a sunny day in this Isle of Man Government photo

Apparently there’s another myth – that if you’re in a taxi and you don’t greet the fairies, the driver will refuse to go on. Perhaps my colleague was saying hello out of pure self-interest – we had a meeting to get to, after all.

You can ask a favour of the fairies – the old-fashioned way is to write a note and tie it to the branch of a tree near the bridge. But the custom has become so popular one local politician suggested putting a mailbox nearby – so people can write to the fairies and not make such a mess on the roadside. They’d also get a letter back. It looks as if his wish might come true … they must have put in a good word.

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2 comments

  1. I love traditions like this! Plus, the book I’m just beginning to try to sell is a fairy story, so I totally like it!

    1. So you finished the book then?! That’s fabulous news…

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