In a heartwarming story, a bottle, cast into the waves 23 years ago off Orkney has turned up in St.Andrews. In an even more heartwarming way, the bottle contained a message penned by one Donald Wylie of Deerness, then 11 years old.
The wayward receptacle was picked up by volunteers on St.Andrews beach who touchingly contacted Mr Wylie so he might be reunited with his message and bottle. This much dear reader is true, check BBC Scotland’s news website if you don’t believe me.
I read the feature right to the end and the following sentence tragically didn’t materialise : “Mr Wylie was presented with the bottle and a summons for littering.”
Inside: Which provides me with the excuse to recycle this Tommy Cooper gag: "You know, somebody actually complimented me on my driving today. They left a little note on the windscreen. It said, 'Parking Fine.' So that was nice."