CHARLIE GOT A RE­PLY TO HIS MES­SAGE IN A BOT­TLE!

Bray People - - FRONT PAGE - By MARY FOGARTY

SIX-YEAR- OLD Charlie Tobin from Bray sent a mes­sage in a bot­tle out from his home town, and ended up get­ting a re­ply from Skerries.

Charlie’s mum Siob­han ex­plained that she was telling her hus­band about her own child­hood. ‘My par­ents were from Bray and moved to Eng­land. They used to bring us to Bray. Bring from Lon­don, we never saw the sea.’

So every night, Siob­han would send out a mes­sage in a bot­tle. ‘Charlie heard me and said he wanted to do it.’

He wrote ‘My name is Charlie Tobin, I live in Avon­dale Park. I am six. If you find this, please write me a let­ter.’

Rima Bilti­naite Po­jarkoviene then found Charlie’s let­ter washed up on Skerries beach. Un­for­tu­nately the ad­dress was washed off and Rima and her chil­dren put an ap­peal out on so­cial me­dia.

Even­tu­ally, Charlie’s cousin Maria re­alised that it must be him, and man­aged to put the two fam­i­lies in touch.

‘We have re­ceived a let­ter and we’re go­ing to write back,’ said Siob­han. The chil­dren at the other end are aged 11, three and one.

The lit­tle girls’ older brother helped them write back to Charlie.

Charlie was very ex­cited to re­ceive his let­ter. His teacher even showed ev­ery­one in school.

He is in se­nior in­fants and goes to Bray School Project. His older broth­ers told him that he got more than 200 likes on Face­book. ‘He’s de­lighted,’ said Siob­han.

It was very much a case of be­gin­ner’s luck for the Bray boy on his first at­tempt.

De­spite send­ing out at least a hun­dred mes­sages, poor Siob­han never got a re­ply!

Charlie’s mes­sage, left, and Charlie with the re­ply he re­ceived, above.

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