Balloon of coincidence, I think not...
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Balloon of coincidence, I think not impossible maybe

Balloon of coincidence, I think not impossible maybe

The disclosure of a flattened balloon in a fence has started off an astounding arrangement of unexpected events for ten-year-old Laura Buxton from Milton Lilbourne, close Marlborough, and her namesake who lives 140 miles away in the Midlands.


The story of the two Lauras started when Andy Rivers, of Milton Lilbourne was checking cows in a field and found a balloon in a fence or boundary formed by closely growing bushes or shrubs. The closer inspection uncovered the balloon said "Happy 50th Birthday" and had a mark on it with the name Laura Buxton and a location close Stoke on Trent. Mr. Rivers knew his neighbors Peter and Eleanor Buxton had a little girl called Laura so gave the balloon to them. That was the beginning of the disclosure of a progression of fortuitous events including the two young ladies who live a three-hour head out from one another and are not related.


Laura, ten, who goes to Kingsbury Hill School, Marlborough, complied with the guidance on the balloon label which stated: "If you don't mind write to Laura Buxton." She was amazed to get a phone call from the other Laura, who is nine and furthermore a single child. The young ladies found they shared in excess of a name and only a couple of months contrast in age. They are both reasonable haired, in Year 5 at grade school, have dark three-year-old female Labrador hounds and have a rabbit and a guinea pig each.


By a significantly more prominent unexpected event the grandparents of Laura, from Stoke on Trent, Terry, and Margaret Buxton, are at present traveling the Kennet and Avon Canal and were staying at Wootton Rivers.

The young ladies are presently wanting to meet one day and the Milton Lilbourne Buxtons have welcomed their Midlands namesakes to visit them in the Pewsey Vale.

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