Family sends a message in a bottle

Antonia Sharples, eight, Naomi Sharples, two and Charlie Sharples, five have received a postcard back from Denmark after they sent a message in a bottle
Antonia Sharples, eight, Naomi Sharples, two and Charlie Sharples, five have received a postcard back from Denmark after they sent a message in a bottle

A Chorley family has struck up a friendship with folk in Denmark after dropping a message in a bottle into the sea.

The Sharples, of Preston Road, Clayton-le-Woods, were returning from holiday in France when they decided to throw the bottle from their ferry that was crossing the English Channel.

Eight-year-old Antonia Sharples wrote the message, adding the names of her brother Charlie, five and sister Naomi, two, to it.

Weeks later it was washed up in Denmark.

Mum Christina Sharples explained: “It was the day of the Queen’s Jubilee, that’s when we were coming home.

“They threw the bottle into the English Channel from the ship and a lady found it in Haarboog in Denmark.

“My husband took them up to do it.

“I said you are going to get in trouble throwing things off the ship into the sea.

“They let it go on June 5 and she found it on July 11.

“They just wrote their names and said there’s a message and said if you find it please write back.”

Christina, 39, a medical underwriter, who is married to builder Jaron, 37, explained that the woman, 32-year-old Mette Moeller’s parents found the bottle and passed it to her.

Mette lives in Silkeborg and her parents have a summer house in Haarboog.

Mette wrote back on a postcard and said: “This is something you talk about while walking along the beach but never think it happens.”

She explained that she and her family live in Silkeborg and that it was very nice to hear from Antonia and her siblings.

Christina said: “It was lovely to hear from her and get her postcard.

“We would like to keep in touch and are definitely going to write back to her.”

Christina said she would also send her a cutting of the story from the Chorley Guardian and a postcard of Chorley.