A Scottish schoolgirl's message in a bottle - in which she says she 'hates boys' and likes to collect Blu Tack - has washed up in Norway 24 years after it was sent out to sea.
Joanna Buchan, 34, was just eight-years-old when the plastic Sprite bottle was dropped from a fishing boat off Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, in 1996 as part of a school project.
The doctor, who has since moved to New South Wales, Australia, was left stunned this week when she heard it had been found some 800 miles away on the island of Gasvaer, in Norway.
She had been contacted on Facebook by Elena Andreassen Haga in July 2020, who found the bottle while on holiday with her son Eliah, aged eight. However Joanna did not see Elena's message - which was hidden in the 'message requests' folder - until two days ago.
The former schoolgirl's letter describes her pet dog Dougal, who will soon be '15 in dog days', making him 'one hundred and something!', as well as her upcoming school projects on 'post offices' and the much-loved children's book Charlotte's Web.
She also mentions her love of Pogs, which were small animated cardboard discs children collected as part of a huge 90s craze.
She hilariously signs off the letter: 'I love sweets. By the way I hate boys.'
Joanna said she was stunned when she recognised her extremely neat handwriting and has since spoken to her teacher at the time, who was delighted the message was found - telling her she was 'so proud' to see she had become a doctor.
Joanna Buchan (pictured), 34, was just eight-years-old when the plastic Sprite bottle was dropped from a fishing boat off Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, in 1996 as part of a school project
The former schoolgirl's letter (pictured) describes her pet dog Dougal, who will soon be '15 in dog days', making him '100 and something!', as well as her upcoming school projects on 'post offices' and the much-loved children's book Charlotte's Web
Joanna (pictured as a child) hilariously signed off her letter: 'I love sweets. By the way I hate boys.'
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'.
'I really can't believe it survived 25 years in the North Sea.
'It was just a curled up bit of paper stuffed into an old Sprite bottle, so I am so shocked it turned up on a small uninhabited island in Norway.'
Joanna was in class P4 at Peterhead Central Primary School when she sent the letter.
The missive also included details about her 'rather big house', and her love of teddy bears.
She said: 'My teacher from the time got in touch with me and was really chuffed it had been found.
Joanna's message was placed inside a plastic Sprite bottle in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, in 1996. It was found in Gasvaer, Norway, in 2020
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