Teachers’ tribute to girls killed in motorway crash

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TWO sisters with “huge hearts of gold” who died in a horrific motorway smash have been remembered by their dance teachers.

Three generations of the Cockburn family, from Chester-le-Street, were wiped out in the collision on Friday.

Carley and Beth Cockburn died along with their parents Angela, 49, and David, 48, and Bethany’s 23-month-old daughter Lacie Jade Stephenson, when the family’s Nissan Primera collided with a lorry on the A18 near Grimsby.

The family, of Middleham Close, Ouston, were on their way to a freestyle dance competition at Butlins in Skegness, where the sisters were due to compete.

Pictures of the happy pair smiling in their glittering dance costumes appeared on a Facebook page paying tribute to the family, where more than 67,000 people have paid their condolences.

Carley, 18, and Beth, 21, picked up a host of trophies over the years as students of TNT Dance Academy in Washington.

Teachers Trish and Trina paid tribute to the close-knit family.

She said: “The Cockburn family were the nicest people you could ever meet; Angie and Dave Cockburn a loving husband and wife and doting parents who idolised their children and adored their grandchild.

“Carley and Beth followed their dreams and passion and danced with our school for many years taking part in competitions and performing in London and Paris - beautiful girls and amazing dancers with huge hearts of gold and a passion to party.

“Part of our dance family is now missing from our lives but our memories of them live on in our hearts forever.

“The angels will be rocking with the Cockburn family - heaven won’t know what’s hit it.

“Our thought and prayers are with their family and friends.”

The crash happened at 12.30pm near Oaklands Hotel on the A18 Grimsby Road, in Laceby.

Three members of the family died at the scene and two others died later in the nearby Diana Princess of Wales Hospital.

Humberside Police is still investigating the cause of the accident.

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