Do you believe?
Gather round the fire, and make yourselves comfortable…
On an island full of folklore, you never know what will be around the next bend or hiding in the shadows of wells, caves and bridges. Fairy Bridge in Santon is a long known hide away for some of the little people of the island. It is considered bad luck to pass over the bridge without acknowledging the fairies known to be there. Some people write little messages and wishes on paper and tie them to the trees next to the bridge.
Ask anyone on the island and they’ll tell you how they greet the Fairies whenever they pass the Fairy Bridge. Taxi Drivers have been known to stop if their passengers do not greet the fairies. Motorcycle racers and spectators to the annual TT and Manx Grand Prix races tend to take the ritual seriously, in most cases making a point of visiting the bridge before setting up for practice and the races. Mishaps and crashes are readily attributed to the fairies displeasure, likewise any lucky escapes!
Do not forget to say ‘Hello Fairies’ or ‘Good Day (Laa Mie in Manx)’ whenever you cross the bridge.