Jamie to receive posthumous degree

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MORE than two months on from his tragic disappearance, Coldingham student Jamie Battison is to receive a posthumous degree from his university.

The 19-year-old went missing after a night out with friends in Eyemouth on August 6 this year and in the week that followed volunteers from the surrounding area and further afield searched day and night to try and find him safe and well.

Unfortunately his body was found by a group of anglers at the entrance of Eyemouth harbour on Sunday, August 14 and within a few days hundreds of floral tributes were tied to the harbour wall railings

Friends and well wishers paid their own tribute to Jamie by releasing Chinese lanterns into the night sky in his honour on Saturday, August 20 and his funeral was held in Coldingham Priory on Wednesday, August 24.

After his disapperance became public, a Facebook group ‘Jamie Battison Is Missing Please Help Us Find Him’ was set up and it was on there in the days after the discovery of his body, that Jamie’s parents also paid tribute to their son.

His mum Karen wrote: “Sometimes we used to question ourselves as to why we deserved him and still cannot comprehend what has happened.

“Jamie was a son any parent would be very proud of.”

And now his family have even more reason to be proud as Heriot-Watt University announced this week that the second year engineering student was to be awarded a diploma.

Karen, along with Jamie’s dad James, will be invited to a private ceremony to accept the honour, along with other relatives.