Sheffield girl's balloon found 1,500 miles away in Finland

The balloon bores the message 'City of Sheffield'
The balloon bores the message 'City of Sheffield'

A man in Finland was left astounded when he found a balloon believed to have been released some 1,500 miles away in Sheffield - and now hopes to trace its owner.

Arto Julkunen found the purple and blue balloon in woodlands Tampere, Finland on April 29 this year.

The balloon, which says Lilly Butten, 9 years, was found in Finland

The balloon, which says Lilly Butten, 9 years, was found in Finland

Written on the balloon on one side is the message: 'Lilly Butten, 9 years,' and written on the other side is: 'City of Sheffield'.

Mr Julkunen launched a Facebook appeal to see if he could find out whether the balloon was truly released in Sheffield.

The 56-year-old said: "My wife, my Labrador Retriever and I were having a normal Sunday walk in a forest when we found it. I first thought that 'Gosh, someone has thrown again litter in here'.

"I decided to collect it. To my surprise I saw faint writing on it - barely visible. After reading it I couldn't believe that it was really saying 'City of Sheffield'. When I read the other side, I decided that - true or not - I have to put this to Facebook. If it travelling 1,500 miles is true, it is really a wonder."

Anyone with information on where the balloon may have come from should contact him by emailing ajjulkunen@gmail.com