North-east children’s message in a bottle found washed up on beach more than 200 miles away

Chris Aitken with the message in a bottle he found on a beach in Wick.

A message in a bottle which was sent out to sea by a North-east nursery three months ago has been found more than 200 miles away.

Chris Aitken, a computing science teacher at Wick High School, was taking one of his frequent walks along the beach in Caithness when he came across the message from the nursery pupils at Crimond Primary School.

He said: “I was taking a walk along the shore and I always keep an eye out for unusual things.

“I was just delighted when I saw the message from the pupils at Crimond Nursery.

“I’ve got two kids myself so I know how exciting it is to get a response.”

Chris, 33, decided to respond to the class with a package of his own. He said: “I wrote a letter back to them and put together a little goodie bag.

“There are some groatie buckies, which are a type of small shell that you only get up by John O’ Groats.

“The letter just says hello and tells them a little bit about how I found their letter.”

He added: “It’s a strange how many things wash up on the shores here.

“I’ve found all sorts of things. Messages in a bottle have always captured my imagination – there’s something about them which is just very exciting.”

Crimond Primary head teacher Hilda Creighton said the class, which is made up of children aged between three and four, was delighted to learn that their message had been discovered further up the coast.

She said: “The class were doing a project called Under the Sea at the time and the children were so excited about the whole idea of writing messages in bottle when they were being taught them about the sea.

“The message was sent out back in November.

“When Chris got in touch with us it was super.

“It was really lovely of him to send something back to them and to take the time to write a letter.

“The children are delighted.

“It’s just very heartwarming that people are so generous with their time.”