Thirty-four years ago, nine-year-old Adrian Lomas tossed a message in a bottle off the back of a ferry while returning to his home in England from the Channel Islands.

He wrote:

My name is Adrian Lomas – I’m aged 9 and live in England, if you find this letter please write to me.Little did he know that his note would bring him a lifelong friend and a heartwarming first meeting decades later. Emmanuelle Demeautis, who was also nine at the time, found the note washed up on the beaches of Cherbourg in France, Lomas shared in a recent blog post. She replied to Lomas, and the two have been steady pen pals ever since.

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