Lanterns light up sky in memory of Jamie

Chinese lanterns released from Coldingham Sands in memory of teenager Jamie Bettison
Chinese lanterns released from Coldingham Sands in memory of teenager Jamie Bettison

people came together from far and wide to remember Coldingham teenager Jamie Battison on Saturday night by sending hundreds of Chinese lanterns off into the night sky.

The 19-year-old Heriot-Watt student failed to return home after a night out with friends in Eyemouth on Saturday, August 6, and after a week long search which united volunteers from many communities, a body was found by a group of anglers close to the entrance of Eyemouth harbour on Sunday, August 14.

Police have now formally identified the body as Jamie’s, adding there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

His funeral was due to take place yesterday, Wednesday, August 24, at Coldingham Priory with hundreds of people expected. At the weekend a message was posted in the Facebook group ‘Jamie Battison Is Missing Please Help Us Find Him’ telling its 9000 members that with space in the church restricted, only family and close friends would be able to attend the service but speakers would be put up so people could gather outside and listen.

And well wishers were also invited to a gathering in Coldingham Hall following Jamie’s burial.

It was on the pages of the Facebook group that word about Saturday night’s lantern release quickly spread and as well as a big group of locals releasing lanterns from Coldingham Bay at 8.30pm, people from all over the UK who couldn’t make it along, released lanterns from their home towns.

And by the end of the evening, people had posted pictures of themselves with the lanterns on Facebook while others, including someone from Belfast, uploaded videos of them releasing them.