A message in a bottle hurled hopefully into the sea by a young girl in the North-east has been discovered by another child … almost 400 miles away!
Eva Sweenie was visiting Cullen with her family last October when she threw her message into the North Sea.
After floating for months it washed up in Norway and was found by seven-year-old Signe Rege, who now wants to reply to the message.
The note which was sealed and sent to sea read: “Hello those who have found this letter in a bottle, my name is Eva Sweenie and I am 10 years old.
“I am on my holidays in Cullen, who knows where you are. It’s 2015 October the 16th and this is a beautiful day.
“That’s all I have to say apart from safe travels. Bye bye xx.”
Young Signe plucked the bottle from the chilly waters around an island near her home in the village of Askvoll, 400 miles away on the west coast of Norway.
Signe ended the bottle’s six-month voyage at sea while exploring an uninhabited island.
Signe’s mother Astri can’t believe the treasure her daughter found and wants to help put the accidental pen-pals in touch with each other.
Astri said: “She was very excited about it. We were visiting an island near our home at the weekend, and she found a bottle filled with glitter, sparkling silver.
“It was like real treasure.
“It’s incredible it didn’t smash, as the beach is not a sandy one, but rock.
“And it’s more incredible it was found, because nobody lives on the island.”
Astri contacted staff at the Cullen Bay Hotel, who posted a plea on Facebook in a bid to help the two girls connect. Staff at the hotel canvassed residents and found out that Eva had been visiting from Dumbarton.
Owner Rena Watson said: “Both the girls seem absolutely delighted.”
Eva’s mum Gill Sweenie added: “This has come as a brilliant surprise. Eva had a great time in Cullen and she can’t wait to hear from Signe.”