A Sunday morning dog walk led to an extraordinary coincidence for a Denwick resident when he found a balloon on the beach.
Barry Percival was walking his dogs at Seaton Point, near Boulmer, when he came across three balloons.
And while this isn’t an uncommon occurrence, it was the details on one of them that sent a shudder down his spine.
The balloon had a tag on it which said it had come from Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School in Parr, St Helen’s, Merseyside.
That might not mean anything to the ordinary man on the street.
But for Barry, it was a sign that someone was watching. His nephew Craig had just received a kidney transplant from his brother Paul and both went to the school when they were younger.
And even more coincidental was that the previous night, Barry had heard that his nephews, who are now both in their 30s, were recovering well from their operations.
Barry moved to his home at Denwick three years ago, relocating from Newton-le-Willows near St Helen’s, in Merseyside.
He said: “It was so strange.
“We got a phone call on the Saturday night to say that the boys were doing well and would be home soon.
“We go to church on a Sunday at Denwick chapel, which is only open once a month, so I was up early and went out to the beach with the dogs.
“We were on the rocks at Seaton Point and, as we were coming back, I noticed three balloons on the shoreline.
“The dogs like to play with balloons and pop them so I picked one up and cut off the ribbon.
“But then I noticed a tag on it which said it was from Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School in Parr.
“It made the hair stand up on my arms. It said ‘Sending you God’s blessing’ on the back but when I saw what was on the tag I couldn’t believe it.
“Both of the boys went to that school, so it must be a sign.
“It must have gone right up into the stratosphere to get here And for me to pick it up was just unreal.”