1971 message in a bottle reunited with Carlisle man

Sean and Shelley Thomas (L) and Mr and Mrs Davidson
Image caption Sean, Shelley, Raymond and Denise met up after a social media campaign

A man has been reunited with a message in a bottle he wrote 44 years ago after it was found washed up in Scotland.

Australian couple Sean and Shelley Thomas found it in a sand dune at Rattray Head on the north-east coast.

The note inside is dated 15 January 1971 and was written by then 14-year-old Raymond Davidson from Carlisle at the start of the 1970s.

Mr and Mrs Thomas tracked down Mr Davidson and his wife Denise after a social media campaign to find him.

Image caption The message was written 44 years ago by Raymond Davidson

Mrs Thomas said Mr Davidson has given it to the couple to take back to Brisbane as a souvenir.

He said he was "overwhelmed" by the social media campaign and he has had more friend requests since it started than when he opened his account.

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