Love letter arrives for wedding
IT is a story of unrequited love on a day celebrating the real thing.
On Erin and Rob Hutchinson's wedding day a cousin took a wander on Kemp Beach and found a battered brown bottle among the high-tide flotsam.
Inside was an SOS message straight from the heart.
The note expressed a distant love for a woman called Penelope, but it appears to be a passion unfulfilled.
The letter was dated July, 1972, and its anonymous author hoped the bottle with its telling cargo would find its way to its intended recipient.
The letter is not clueless to the identity of either the Romeo or his Juliet. Its author is enamoured with Penelope's bun which he first saw in a Rockhampton shop.
But, the letter's relatively good condition makes Mrs Hutchinson think the bottle was released recently, not more than 30 years ago.
"You hear about people holding on to letters for years and thinking it is time to forget about the past and let it go,'' she said.
The Hutchinson's, who are both younger than the letter, are skeptical to its authenticity.
But, the coincidence of its discovery on their wedding day did mean it was "kinda romantic''.
Like everyone they would like to know the identity of Penelope and her anonymous admirer.