Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Sting in a Tale; Pop Bottle Message Found after Four Years

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Sting in a Tale; Pop Bottle Message Found after Four Years

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Byline: By MATT BLAKE

TWO pals larking about decided to take Geordie singer Sting at his word and send a message in a bottle.

After hearing the classic hit, grocer Martin Ponton, 52, and fisherman Mark Dean, 28, bottled a note and dropped it into the North Sea - and had to wait four years for a reply.

Martin, who runs grocer William Wight Ltd on North Shields fish quay, said: "Mark was standing in the shop buying groceries ready to go to sea and the song came on.

"We thought it would be a laugh to put a message in a pop bottle and see what would happen. We're always doing daft things like that here.

"So Mark took it out to sea that day and threw it in the water.

"You've heard about other things going here, there and everywhere, but we didn't expect a reply."

"I've always liked the Police's music, what with us both being local lads."

The plastic bottle washed up on Lies Beach on the Dutch island of Terschelling where it was discovered by 12-year-old Daniel Scheep-bouwer on holiday with his family. …

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