A FAMILY’S message in a bottle travelled hundreds of miles from a puddle on the beach to the shores of Denmark.
Frances Rose, five, and sister Annabell, eight, from Houghton, dropped the message from the end of the pier at low tide to mark the last day of their holiday to Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, in May.
Mum Julie, 42, and dad Ken, 38, did not hold out much hope for the message after it landed in a puddle on the beach.
But just six weeks later they had contact from a family in a Danish surf resort.
“It’s just remarkable. The girls were really excited,” said Julie, a former hairdresser.
“We’ve worked out it must have travelled 390 miles.
“It’s just so amazingly lucky that it went all that way, that it washed up where it did, that somebody spotted it, they didn’t think it was just rubbish and they bothered to get in contact.”
The Roses were contacted by a Danish woman called Helle the day before the Echo told how schoolgirl Katelind Sisterson got a reply from her message in a bottle from Shetland – three years after she launched it off Roker Beach.
“It was just such a coincidence, we couldn’t believe it,” said Julie.
“It was Helle’s mother, Elizabeth Riis, who found it stuck in the corner of a German World War Two bunker on the beach in a place called Klitmøller, which is known as a ‘surfers’ paradise’.”
Helle emailled the Rose family pictures and information about where the bottle was found.
The girls, who go to East Rainton Primary School, decided to send the message after Ken, who runs Ken Rose Joinery and Glazing, suggested it as they enjoyed the last days of their holiday.
“We’d had a really good time and Ken suggested it to them,” said Julie.
“They’d never heard of a message in a bottle before, so he explained it to them and we decided to do it on the last day.
“We didn’t hold out much hope for it to be honest.
“So it was really exciting when we heard from Helle.”