A certain famous song by The Police is probably the favourite tune in one Haverhill household now after an incident involving a bottle, two young children and the North Sea.
On the final August Saturday of their school holidays nine-year-old Alexia Ling and her sister Caitlin, four, were with their parents Adam and Louise and older brother Jordan, 12, on a day trip to Clacton-on-Sea.
The family, who live in Conway Close, had planned to write a message, put it in a bottle and send it out into the sea while in Clacton, the final act of which was carried out by Alexia and Caitlin.
Inside the bottle, the note written by Alexia gave her and Caitlin’s age, their address and a request that whoever found the bottle and read the message let them know where it was found and who found it.
To the family’s collective surprise they received a letter from a young Dutch couple who had found the bottle on a beach at Renesse, just north of Rotterdam.
Included was a map of where they found it, a postcard and a photo of themselves.
Mum Louise said: “I had said ‘don’t get your hopes up that you will get anything back because it might just get washed up’.”
After Mr Ling opened the letter and read it he passed it to Alexia, who said later: “It was a surprise and not a surprise because I kept on telling my brother that I thought someone would pick it up.
“You always think if you see a bottle in the sea someone might pick it up.”
Alexia has since taken the letter and photo received from the Netherlands to her school, Burton End Primary and Caitlin is due to do the same at her school, St Felix Primary.
Alexia said: “My teacher thought it was really amazing and exciting that I got a reply.”
The family also plan to sit down and send an email to the couple who found the bottle.