Bottle message starts friendship

A MESSAGE in a bottle has sparked off a friendship between Suffolk schoolchildren and pupils in Belgium.Boys and girls at Bawdsey Primary School, are now in touch with youngsters in the city of Lier, near Antwerp, after a girl was given a bottle found on Bawdsey beach.

A MESSAGE in a bottle has sparked off a friendship between Suffolk schoolchildren and pupils in Belgium.

Boys and girls at Bawdsey Primary School, are now in touch with youngsters in the city of Lier, near Antwerp, after a girl was given a bottle found on Bawdsey beach.

Emily Sproxton, eight, of Bawdsey, was playing close to the beach a few weeks ago when a neighbour spotted a large plastic water bottle.

The bottle contained up to 30 messages inside with requests for the finder to send a postcard of their town, and Emily brought it into school to show her friends and teachers.

Now the school is sending e-mails and postcards to newly-made friends in Belgium.

Cards from Bawdsey and Alderton and a description of Woodbridge and the lifestyle enjoyed by Emily and other children have been sent to Belgium and in return the primary school has received messages from children in Lier.

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Juf Rezy and pupils of the fourth class in Lier sent a letter which arrived this week. It read: “Thank you very much for mailing us in the first place. We are very happy that our bottle arrived in England. We were on sea classes at Belgian coast…two children have already received a nice postcard.

“During class we'll make a map full of information about us, the school and our city Lier and send it to you in a few days. If you have any other ideas, please feel free to inform us.”

Emily said she was thrilled that the two schools were in contact with each other. “It is very exciting and we are writing to them and they are sending things back to us. But I think it is a bit far to go and see them,” she said.

The school tracked down the school with the help of tourism officials.

Lier is famous for lace making and Lierse Vlaaikens cookies.