By Dan Coles
A woman who dropped a message in a bottle into the ocean as a youngster has been reunited with it almost 20 years later.
While on a family day out in Rhyl, North Wales, nearly two decades ago in 2001, then-seven-year-old Emily Edwards decided to send out her own message in a bottle after watching the nineties classic of the same name.
Fast forward 17 years, and the 25-year-old mum-of-one never expected her note to be returned to sender after the bottle washed up on a beach in Nefyn, Wales, almost 60 miles away last week.
Taxi firm assistant manager Emily, from Shrewsbury, Shrops, said: “I was really shocked when it was found, I still can’t believe it.
“I phoned my dad looking for confirmation that I wasn’t going mad, but he confirmed that I did send the message as a seven-year-old.
“So when I told him the message had been found, he thought it was as crazy as I did.
“I just wrote my name, postcode and ‘a message in a bottle’, so people would know what it was.
“Unfortunately the message I actually wrote to myself on the piece of paper had washed off, and I just can’t remember it.
“I saw the idea in the old nineties film Message in a Bottle and wanted to do the same.
“At that age you though, you expect it to come back the week after, not 17 years later.”
Londoner Sam Hammond was visiting mum Sue Cookson when he stumbled across the note, which featured Emily’s name and a Telford address and postcode, while out for a run on the beach.
Sue became determined to track down the original sender, posting an appeal on Facebook which was shared hundreds of times.
The post was spotted by Emily’s friend, who asked her if the note could potentially have been written by her – and Emily was stunned to recognise her own handwriting when she saw the letter.
Kidderminster-born Emily, who moved to Telford aged six, then arranged with Sue for the bottled memory to be returned to her after the 17-year wait.
Emily said: “Sue’s son found it, and she thought would be fun if they could try and find out who sent the message.
“My friend, who I’ve known for 18 years, sent me a message and a screenshot about the find asking if I lived on that street that long ago.
“She didn’t actually expect it to be me, so when I said ‘her no, that’s me’ she so was surprised.
“I don’t think Sue ever expected to find the person who wrote it.”