Funeral to take place of killed Cockburn family

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THE funeral of five members of a family killed in a road crash takes place tomorrow.

David Cockburn, 48, his wife Angela, 49, daughters Bethany, 18, and Carley Ann, 21, as well as Bethany’s 23-month-old daughter Lacie Stephenson, all died in the accident near Grimsby, on Friday, April 12.

The Nissan Primera the family were travelling in was involved in a head-on collision with a lorry. Three of the family died at the scene, and the remaining two died in hospital.

An inquest has been opened into their deaths, and accident investigators are still trying to uncover the cause of the smash.

The family, who came from Chester-le-Street, had been on their way to a dancing competition at Butlins in Skegness, when the accident happened.

They leave behind Dean, who was a brother to Carley Ann and Bethany, an uncle called Richard, an aunt called Ann, and grandmother Olive, Angela’s mother.

Garry Stephenson, the father of Lacie, along with his parents Garry and Denise, is suffering the loss of both his daughter and his girlfriend.

Carley Ann also leaves behind her boyfriend Lee.

Dozens left flowers at the family home on Middleham Close, Ouston, Chester-le-Street, and at Los Angela’s, the salon in Carr Hill Road, Gateshead, which belonged to Angela.

Friends and family are invited to St John’s Church, in Birtley, Gateshead, for tomorrow’s service, followed by committal at Saltwell Crematorium.