A message in a bottle thrown into the sea by a ‘bored’ schoolgirl while on holiday in has washed up - 19 years later.
Lucy Elliott, now 31 and from Woodford Halse, wrote the letter during a family trip to Looe, Cornwall, in 1994 when she was just 12 years old.
She had been searching the beach for a lost bracelet when she decided to pen the note. She then stuffed it into a plastic drinks bottle before throwing it into the English Channel – and did not expect a reply.
But incredibly, the note was found by Kurt Johnny Haaland and his wife while they walked near Hauge, Norway – about 750 miles away.
Most of the faded letter – dated September 19, 1994 – is still legible.
Lucy, said: “I can remember writing the letter like it was yesterday. I had lost my bracelet and was pacing up and down the beach trying to find it. I got bored eventually so decided to write this message and threw it into the sea.
“When I heard it had been found all the memories of that holiday came flooding back, it really makes you reflect on the past 20 years. A lot has changed since then, I’ve moved to a village in Northamptonshire which is a far cry from a flat in Coventry.
“I’ve often joked with friends about getting a reply but this is amazing – I never expected to hear anything back. It’s incredible.”
Lucy, who lives with partner Andrew Gough, 42, a CGI animator, and their daughter Eden, 13, and son Archie, eight, now plans to take her family back to Looe.
She said: “I would love to go back to Looe with my kids and they can do what I did.
“Who knows, in 20 years’ time someone might find their messages and contact them.”
Mr Haaland said: “My wife and I went for a walk a few weeks ago.
“This day we went right out to the ocean to enjoy the day. Between some rocks we saw a bottle with something in it. It was a bottle mail.
“It turned out that it contained a letter written by a girl from Coventry in 1994. Some words were difficult to decipher after having been so long out in all kinds of weather.
“We would be keen to write back to her.”