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News Archive > General > From Roseland with love...... Charlie´s message in a bottle

From Roseland with love...... Charlie´s message in a bottle

By Matt Dixon 10th February 2021

From Roseland with love...... Charlie´s message in a bottle
Six year-old Charlie Martin, pictured with Grandad Philip, posted a message in a bottle

New friendships may be hard to forge during lockdown, but one young boy has had success with a centuries-old method.

Six year-old Charlie Martin’s sense of romance has yielded impressive results, after he posted a message in a bottle out to sea on a Roseland peninsula beach.

Mum Kate, who owns and lives on a turkey farm in Coombe, near Grampound Road, said: “It’s really cute - he became keen on the idea after learning about pirates at school, having read about it in books.

“He had already had several attempts in a river near home over the past few weeks, but this one he sent from Porthcurnick Beach, near Portscatho.”

Charlie deposited the bottle under the watchful eye of his grandparents Philip and Caroline Martin, who live in the small village of Ruan Lanihorne, near Tregony. He clambered over rocks to ensure the bottle had the best chance of being taken out to sea.

He had written the following message: “Hello, my name is Charlie. I am six years old. I live in Cornwall on a farm called Treway. I wonder where you live and wish you a safe journey x, Charlie."

Exactly one week later he was contacted by a young brother and sister, who had found the bottle on South Milton beach in Devon.

Kate, who runs a stall at Truro Farmers’ Market each week, added: “They’re called Reggie and Rosa and it really made their day when they found the bottle. They found our farm on Facebook and sent us a message - we couldn’t believe it and Charlie was thrilled.

“I’m hoping it might develop into a little friendship because they're of similar age." She added that the family was “very grateful” to Reggie and Rosa for getting in touch.

Charlie’s grandmother Caroline added: “We’re just amazed that in the space of one week a couple of lovely children from Devon found it.”

By Matt Dixon 10th February 2021

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