IT’S a good job the message in a bottle sent out by a Staithes school wasn’t an SOS – because it has taken seven years to get an answer after it turned up in Sweden.
In 2005 as part of a geography project, pupils at Seton School released them into the North Sea with a note asking finders to return them to the school with details of where they ended up.
Staff and students were amazed to return to school after the summer break to discover one had been picked up in “Lilla Hamburgo” – a small island on the northern Swedish west coast – by Malin Elmqvist who was spending the day there with his family.
In his note back to the school he said: “After seven years of floating I hope the message now returns to their creators (even though I guess the children who made this have now left primary school). I wish you all the best in exploring and travelling the world in future.”
From 2003, the school released messages in bottles every year and despite some turning up in Aberdeen and the Scottish coast they stopped doing it because they didn’t get any replies.
Headteacher Ros Barningham said: “This was a wonderful surprise for the children. They were keen to see where the bottle was found and have tracked its journey from Staithes using the references given by the finder.
“We carried out the project for four years from 2003 and this has renewed interest. It is an ideal way to compare the communication messages used today compared with those long ago and who knows, there may be some messages on the way.”