Czech boy spends two years learning English so he can reply to a message he found washed upon Danish beach

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A group of youngsters who launched messages in bottles from Flamborough Cliffs finally got a reply two years later - all the way from the Czech Republic.

Lilly-May Tingle and Eden and Tommy Shearman were on holiday in Bridlington on May 22, 2011, with their aunt and uncle Deborah and Andrew Pickles, when they set their bottles adrift.

Lilly-May Tingle, Eden Shearman and Tommy Shearman launched a bottle into the sea at Flamborough two years ago and it's been found in Denmark by Czech kid who they are now in touch with.

Lilly-May Tingle, Eden Shearman and Tommy Shearman launched a bottle into the sea at Flamborough two years ago and it's been found in Denmark by Czech kid who they are now in touch with.

They had almost given up hope of hearing anything back when they received an email on June 29 this year, from a 12-year-old boy called Gabriel Fabian, who had found one of the bottles while on holiday in Denmark three months after it was launched.

But he took so long to reply because he had to learn English first.

Mrs Pickles said: “We were all completely astounded. My husband and I only came up with the idea as a way of keeping the kids occupied for the afternoon, and when two years passed, we thought nothing was going to come of it. He sent such a lovely email too.”

The children put letters and coins in their bottles, asking finders to get in touch.

Young Gabriel wrote: “Two years ago I was on a holiday in Denmark. Me and my mum were cleaning the beach. There was a lot of trash but then we found a bottle with your message inside. I couldn’t speak English, so I couldn’t answer you. Later I started to study in an international school and now my English is okay.

“We have found the bottle near Blokhus, Jammerbugten. I have a little sister called Annika and she is three-years-old.

“I would like to throw a message in a bottle too. There are cliffs nearby, but I think the wind would just push it into Denmark. Maybe we could stay in touch? I really like London and whole of England. “Once I was on a school trip to England and I really liked it.”

Lilly-May, and Eden and Tommy, who go to Newton Hill Community School and Wakefield Independent School, hope to stay in touch with Gabriel.

Mrs Pickles added: “Eden is going to write to him. There are no plans for visits as yet, but who knows.”