Bottle buds to pen pals

Children from Vandpytten nursery who found a bottle floated by Cramlington Kids Club.
Children from Vandpytten nursery who found a bottle floated by Cramlington Kids Club.

Youngsters from Cramlington have found new friends across the sea after sending a message in a bottle.

Cramlington Kids Club floated about a dozen bottles in the Tyne during a pirate-themed week at Hexham last summer, asking the finders to get in touch.

Only two replies were received – from Hexham and Corbridge – but now a nursery in western Denmark has emailed after finding the bottle washed up during an outing to its local coast.

The Vandpytten nursery in Lemvig, which focuses on nature and outdoor living, has now struck up a friendship with the Cramlington children, and the two nurseries are regularly swapping pictures, drawings and information about their activities.

A spokesperson for Cramlington Kids Club said: “What’s the chances of another nursery finding the bottle?”