Bray girl’s mes­sage in a bot­tle is dis­cov­ered in Scot­land

BRAY GIRL’S MES­SAGE IN A BOT­TLE ENDS UP IN SCOT­LAND

Bray People - - NEWS - MARY FOG­A­RTY

A MES­SAGE in a bot­tle wrapped in red rib­bon made its way all the way from Bray to Scot­land.

The mes­sage was sent by seven-year-old Bray girl Breta Estere, a first class pupil at St. Patrick’s NS. Breta cleaned the bot­tle and wrote a mes­sage in­clud­ing her name, ad­dress, age and an email ad­dress for her mum’s part­ner Alan.

‘I tied a rib­bon around the bot­tle and threw it in the sea,’ ex­plained Breta, who never for­got about her mes­sage sent out to the world and who got a great re­sponse af­ter four months.

She and Alan de­cided to try the ex­per­i­ment af­ter chat­ting about the idea. ‘ We hope the next one will go to Canada!’ said Breta, who lives at Sid­mon­ton Av­enue.

The day they re­ceived a re­sponse from Ryan MacDon­ald on the Isle of Jura, Ar­gyll, Scot­land, was a very ex­cit­ing one. ‘I couldn’t wait to tell her,’ said Alan.

Ryan is 14 and lives on the is­land of Jura with his par­ents and two younger broth­ers.

‘ We live on a croft, farm­ing cows and sheep, and my dad also works in the lo­cal dis­tillery mak­ing whiskey,’ he said.

He ex­plained that only 180 people live on Jura and they share the is­land with 5,000 red deer.

‘Con­grat­u­la­tions on hav­ing your mes­sage found, which was still in per­fect con­di­tion. It must be a lucky let­ter to have made it this far and be found,’ said Ryan.

Breta brought the email in to school where her teacher and class­mates were amazed with the story.

They replied to Ryan and thanked him very much for find­ing the let­ter.

Breta Estere Ezeh, who sent a mes­sage in a bot­tle that reached Jura Is­land in Scot­land, with her mum’s part­ner, Alan Han­ney.

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