By Niamh Shackleton
A young couple have found a bizarre message in a bottle which contained a drawing of Bruce Forsyth paying tribute to the star.
Phoebe Gough, 20, and her boyfriend Freddie Mossop, 21, were walking along Horse Shoe Point in Marshchapel village, Lincs, when they came across the bottle.
The German brandy bottle had washed ashore and the pair couldn’t wait to open it to read the message inside.
But despite there not being a specific message for them, Phoebe and Freddie were thrilled when they realised they’d stumbled across a tribute to the late television star.
Phoebe, a theatre and performance student, said: “We were so excited when we found the bottle as it was sealed shut with wax which we had to smash against a rock to open.
“I’d never encountered a message in a bottle before – I always saw them on films but never in real life!
“I couldn’t wait to see what was inside and well, we just thought it was hilarious and obscure after discovering the note.
“The creator didn’t leave any form of contact details apart from the small quote on the back; it was very mysterious.
“The quote on the back said ‘call me by letter only’ so, despite us wanting to reply, it would prove very hard to do so.
“After Googling it, turns out the brandy bottle was a German brand and not purchasable in the UK which was very interesting.
“We were in awe and so confused to who may have sketched the image but definitely the highlight of our day.”
The drawing had ‘call me by letter only’ written on the back with ‘9/10’ written on it too, potentially implying it was the ninth of ten drawings to be sent out.
The couple have kept the drawing and framed it in their home to remind them of the extremely unique discovery.
Phoebe added: “We actually thought it was surprisingly well done – the person who sketched it must have been quite the hardcore fan.
“We keep it at Freddie’s house and decided to frame it so we can keep it for when we get our own place.
“We’ll always refer to as a strange Christmas memory.”