A message in a bottle has forged a friendship between two young boys living 200 miles apart.
The chance find on a Berwickshire beach has connected eight-year-old Rowan Clements-Gilbert, who recently moved to Burnmouth from Berwick, to a seven-year-old boy from Peterhead in the north of Scotland.
Rowan and his family were exploring the beach beside their new home when Rowan spotted the bottle and picked it up.“We couldn’t believe it when he found not only a message inside but that the message was from a boy who is about the same age,” said Rowan’s dad, Howard, this week.
Added his mum, Lucy: “It was the day before Rowan was due to start school at Eyemouth Primary and we had gone for a walk after lunch.
“We headed along to the harbour and on the way back, Rowan and his sister, Willow (4), were down on the pebble beach in front of our house. The tide was turning so the water was close in and Rowan spotted a bottle floating, stuck in a pool but still on the tide.
“He picked it up and very unromantically we told him to put it down but he said ‘There’s something in it!’ We took it into the house and found the message.”
On a small, white piece of paper in neat handwriting the note read: “My name is Logan Strachan. I live in Peterhead. I am seven-years-old.” The message also gave the boy’s telephone number so Rowan called straight away.
“Logan was at football with his dad but we spoke to his mum and swapped email addresses and have been in contact ever since. He has a dog and a cat, loves football and seems a lovely boy,” said Lucy.
It turned out that the idea for the message had come from Logan’s granny when he was looking for something to do. He had written the note and launched the bottle but had been sceptical that anyone would ever find it or reply to him.
Logan was delighted his message had been found, especially when he discovered it had sailed nearly as far as England in less than three weeks.
Inspired by this, Rowan has now launched his own message in a bottle and is hoping for a reply. The family are planning to travel north on their holiday next summer so the two boys can meet up.