Wedding balloon find puts Ben in spotlight

Ben Armstrong's story in the Th�ringische Landeszeitung newspaper, from Germany. Below: Ben with the memento from the balloon.
Ben Armstrong's story in the Th�ringische Landeszeitung newspaper, from Germany. Below: Ben with the memento from the balloon.
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A schoolboy who returned a marriage memento to Germany after discovering it by chance in a park near his home has received a reply from his new pen-pals.

Ben Armstrong, 12, was playing in the Grange Road park close to his home on Turkey Street, Hambleton, when he found the balloon in a hedge.

Ben with the memento from the balloon.

Ben with the memento from the balloon.

A note attached to the balloon told the St Aidan’s Technology College pupil he had found something which was released from a wedding in Jena, central Germany – around 865 miles away – and urged him to return it to the couple, Sophia and Guido Tiegel.

After Ben’s discovery was featured in The Gazette earlier this month he sent it off to Germany along with the card – and received a reply from the couple last week containing his story in the Thüringische Landeszeitung newspaper.

Click here to read the original story: ENTSCHULDIGUNG BITTE! BEN’S GIFT FROM ABOVE

Ben said: “I thought I’d get a reply but never expected to see something like this.

“I’ve been in two newspapers now and this has all come from a balloon being blown into a hedge.

“I’m glad I followed it through and decided to return the card.”

Click here to see how the story was reported in Germany

Mr and Mrs Tiegel, physiotherapists and parents of two four-year-old children, set off 25 heart shaped balloons during their wedding day on September 28, but only received a reply from Ben and another from someone in Weimar – 13 miles away from where they were released.

Kate Armstrong, Ben’s mum, added: “Ben was thrilled to see it and it’s really nice to see their faces.”

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