Belfast Telegraph

Poll poster washes up on beach after 200-mile journey

By Joanne Sweeney

It's not quite as romantic as a message in a bottle but an SDLP election poster that washed up in Scotland still has a story to tell.

Causeway Coast and Glens councillor Margaret Anne McKillop was stunned last weekend to learn that one of her Westminster election posters had arrived at Morar beach in north west Scotland.

The poster had travelled 198 nautical miles - or 228 road miles - from Glenarm, Co Antrim across and up the Irish Sea to wash up on the beach close to Mallaig. And even more amazingly, the granddaughter of a couple from Cushendun recognised the poster as Margaret's when her friend Anna Cornelius found it on the beach.

Despite not winning the East Antrim seat which went to the DUP's Sammy Wilson, the councillor was delighted and bemused at the epic journey of her poster.

"I really don't know how the poster even came to be in the sea, never mind getting to Scotland," the mother-of-three told the Belfast Telegraph.

"There were loads of posters put up around Glenarm for the election last May but they were all taken down very quickly.

"In fact, I helped take some down so how one got into the sea is a mystery to me. But it's caused a lot of craic after I posted the pictures on my Facebook page so it's quite fun."

Margaret hasn't spoken to Anna yet, but is thankful for her friend Deirdre Barcara for recognising her face.

Margaret, from Cushendall, added: "The surprising thing is that Deirdre told me that she immediately knew who I was, as her grandparents came from Cushendun."

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