A Hightown girl has found a message in a bottle among seaweed and driftwood on a Northumberland beach.
Chloe Hocks, 10, was on holiday in Seahouses when she found the bottle.
The letter inside was from a German boy called Jonas, who had cast it into the sea in January from an island called Baltrum, where he was on holiday with his grandparents.
The bottle travelled 400 miles across the North Sea before reaching the Northumberland shore.
The letter was written in German, so Chloe’s dad Trevor asked one of his colleagues who spoke German to translate it for them.
It read, ‘Hello dear message in a bottle finder. I am called Jonas and am on a winter holiday with my grandparents on the North Sea island of Baltrum.
‘From here I have sent this message in a bottle. I wonder when and where it will be found.
‘Please write back to tell me.
‘Best regards from Jonas.’
Chloe, her dad Trevor, mum Karen and sister Gemma, 14, were on the first night of their holiday and had gone for a walk on the shingle beach when Chloe found the bottle.
Trevor said: “We couldn’t believe it. Chloe is really excited. It looked like it had just come in. We have written back but we haven’t heard anything yet.”
Trevor said Chloe was now hoping Jonas would become her penpal.
He said: “It’s something that doesn’t happen any more – everything is over the internet these days, so to find a letter is amazing.”