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Fairy post box is given support


The idea was suggested by Linda Williams, who runs the Fairy Shop

A Tynwald member has given his backing to a letterbox for the "fairies" on the Isle of Man.

David Callister MLC said letters, ribbons and other memorabilia left on Fairy Bridge for the "Little People" had become a distraction to motorists.

The idea for a letterbox was suggested by Linda Williams, who runs The Fairy Shop in Douglas, Mr Callister said.

The island's folklore says that when crossing the bridge it is unlucky not to say hello to the fairies.

Ms Williams said items such as letters, ribbons, fluffy dice and even bras, were left hanging from trees on the bridge and were becoming hazards.

"It's very distracting for drivers and so not very safe," Ms Williams.

"I suggested to the tourist board that I would respond to every letter if they put a post box there."

Ms Williams said the letterbox was a simple, light-hearted solution, which would allow people to continue enjoying the fairy tradition.

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