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Old UK message in a bottle found in Norway. A Norwegian couple in western Norway’s Sokndal municipality stumbles upon the item a girl threw two decades ago into the sea from southeast Cornwall. “It was my wife who discovered the bottle and saw that there was a letter in there,” said Nordfjord-based Kurt Johnny Haaland to Dagbladet. “We thought that it was from someone in the district. The fact that it was a letter 20 years old from a 12-year-old girl was very surprising,” he told.

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Old UK message in a bottle found in Norway

Published on Wednesday, 16th October, 2013 at 09:25 under the news category, by Linn Schjerven.
Last Updated on 16th October 2013 at 10:00.

A Norwegian couple in western Norway’s Sokndal municipality stumbles upon the item a girl threw two decades ago into the sea from southeast Cornwall.

East Looe panorama
East Looe panorama
Photo: Robert Pittman/Flickr


“It was my wife who discovered the bottle and saw that there was a letter in there,” said Nordfjord-based Kurt Johnny Haaland to Dagbladet.

“We thought that it was from someone in the district. The fact that it was a letter 20 years old from a 12-year-old girl was very surprising,” he told.

The bottle, which contained a handwritten letter and a picture of a flower dating from September 1994, was found lodged between two rocks on the south coastal shoreline of the country.

Most of the letter was faded, but was still legible despite years of being exposed to harsh coastal weather.

The letter reads:

“Dear friend. My name is Lucy Elliot(sic) and I am 12 years old.

“I was born 1982 and I have brown thick wavy hair. Please write to me if you receive this letter.

“I live in England, Coventry. I threw this letter out to sea from (unreadable). The date today is the 19th September 1994.

“My address is: Ferrers Close, Tile Hill North, Coventry. I have 2 cats, 1 brother.

“Please write back. From a bored 12 year-old girl.”              

Kurt Johnny Haaland and his wife were convinced that Lucy Elliot must have moved at some stage after she was 12. They did not do anything about the message at first, telling the story to friends and family.

The couple then thought that they should give Ms. Elliot the possibility to know that her letter had been found. They contacted Coventry’s local newspaper, The Coventry Telegraph.

A few days later, Lucy Elliot responded.  She told The Daily Mail, “I got bored eventually so decided to write this message in a bottle 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.”

Now 31 and a full-time mother of two, Lucy Elliot plans to go back to Cornwall’s Looe to encourage her children to do the same as she did.

She recounts she had often joked to her friends about getting a reply and was amazed that she eventually did.

“I never expected to hear anything back. A lot has changed since then […] but I still have my wavy brown hair.”

“Lucy probably does not live there today,” Kurt Johnny Haaland wrote in an email, “but maybe the Coventry Telegraph can help us find out where she is living? We would be keen to write back.”




Published on Wednesday, 16th October, 2013 at 09:25 under the news category, by Linn Schjerven.
Last updated on 16th October 2013 at 10:00.

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