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Bottle message drifts 9,000 miles
Alesha Johnson and mother
Alesha Johnson got a reply to her message from Australia
A message in a bottle thrown into the sea by a four-year-old as part of a nursery school project has been found 9,000 miles away in Western Australia.

Alesha Johnson threw the bottle into the water at Morecambe Bay, Lancashire, last July, enclosing a picture of herself and her Heysham address.

The note read: "If you get this message, please write back."

This week, she received a letter from a 10-year-old from Perth, who said he had found the bottle in a local boatyard.

'It's amazing'

Doreen Johnson, the manager of the nursery Alesha attends in Heysham, said: "We were all very excited when the letter from Australia arrived addressed to Alesha.

"We never dreamed the bottle would go that far, it's amazing."

The Australian boy, who said only that his name was Bob, wrote in his letter that he had asked his father to look up Heysham on the internet.

The child did not enclose an address as he said he was moving house, but would write back when he had his new address.

Alesha Johnson shows off the letter she received from Australia

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