Postcard’s 7,000-mile adventure
PUBLISHED: 12:36 28 August 2008 | UPDATED: 16:29 05 May 2010
TWO girls are hoping to get a phone call from their grandparents this weekend to say the holiday postcard they sent them three weeks ago has arrived – after going astray by more than 3,000 miles. Jessica, 11, and Charlie Webber, 15, from Baldock, wrote th
TWO girls are hoping to get a phone call from their grandparents this weekend to say the holiday postcard they sent them three weeks ago has arrived - after going astray by more than 3,000 miles.
Jessica, 11, and Charlie Webber, 15, from Baldock, wrote the card while they were on holiday with their parents in Alcudia, Mallorca.
The card was destined for their grandparents Peter and Mary Jones of Fisher Yard, St Neots, but ended up across the Atlantic at the home of another Mr Jones in Fisher Avenue, Staten Island, New York.
After the American Mr Jones made an appeal in his local newspaper, the Staten Island Advance, to find the real owner, the search for Mr Jones in England was taken up by The Comet's sister paper, the Hunts Post. The paper tracked him down and told him about the postcard that will have clocked up 7,000 miles by the time it finally gets to its proper destination.
The glossy card showed sunbathing holidaymakers in Mallorca and was addressed to nana and granddad. The girls described the weather as "really hot" and said they were having a great time.
This week Jessica said she couldn't believe the card had travelled so far, saying: "This is quite unbelievable. I can't remember exactly what I put on it but I remember writing that it was nice weather and we had been to the beach and pool."
Mr Jones, 68, a retired postal worker, said at his St Neots home: "This is really strange. It is quite unbelievable that the postcard travelled farther on holiday than they did.