A MOTHER was ‘shore’ surprised after her young son picked up a mysterious message in a bottle last week.
Four-year-old Lewis McGookin made the fascinating find along with mum Vivienne Purdy after the bottle washed up at Belfast Lough.
They had been out walking their pet pooch Ace with Vivienne’s partner Sam at Hazlebank Park near Gideon’s Green on Thursday.
But the casual evening stroll turned into a night to remember when Lewis stumbled upon the intriguing object.
The youngster had been throwing bottles for boxer Ace to fetch and when he found something a bit more special he quickly alerted his mum.
Vivienne explained: “Lewis said to me there’s a note in the bottle and when I looked there was a piece of paper inside.
“The note read, ‘Hi I’m Vanessa and I am 12. I live in Edinburgh but am staying in a caravan in Southerness so send a letter.”
There was also a forwarding address and Vivienne responded with eager anticipation.
She said: “So we posted a letter on Friday but we haven’t heard anything back yet. It was so exciting.”
Vivienne could not keep the news to herself and informed pupils at the school where she works of the magical message.
The classroom assistant at Whitehouse Primary School also brought in the fizzy drinks bottle the next day.
The principal was so captivated by the interesting tale that he showed the bottle and talked about the story during the assembly for P1 to P4 pupils.
Vivienne then brought the bottle round to the classrooms of P5 to P7 children.
She said: “They were all very excited and very interested to see it.”
Vivienne also looked up the caravan site and beach in southern Scotland on the internet to get a picture of where the bottle’s adventure began and its journey across the Irish Sea. Vivienne added: “It was a brilliant find and not your average walk in the park.”