A MESSAGE in a Sprite bottle set adrift by a girl aged eight saying “I hate boys” washed up 800 miles away 25 years later.
Joanna Buchan, now 34, also included details about her school projects, her dog and how she loved collecting Blu Tack.
The message was cast into the North Sea off Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, in a plastic Sprite bottle in 1996 as part of a school project.
It was discovered on the uninhabited island of Gasvaer, Norway, in 2020 — and the woman who found it contacted Joanna via social media.
Joanna, now a doctor living in Australia, said: Doctor Joanna said: “At first I didn’t remember the message in a bottle, but then I started to have a vague recollection of a project we did at school.
“It was a dusty memory but once I saw the letter I knew right away it was me, I recognised my handwriting, which is definitely not as neat now.
“I just died with laughter when I read it back — especially the way I ended it with, ‘By the way I hate boys’.
“It was just a curled up bit of paper. I can’t believe it survived so long in the North Sea.”
She added: “My teacher from the time got in touch with me and was really chuffed it had been found.
“One bottle was found early on after the bottles went out to sea but there haven’t been any others found for 25 years.
Source: The Sun