‘Our memories of them live on in our hearts forever’

The Cockburns and, below, one of many tributes left outside their home.
The Cockburns and, below, one of many tributes left outside their home.
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A touching tribute has been paid to two dancing sisters after they died in a horror crash which wiped out their family.

Tragic Carley Ann and Bethany Cockburn were described as beautiful by their Washington dance instructors Trish Walker and Trina Robson.

They died on Friday along with their parents David and Angela Cockburn, aged 48 and 49, and Bethany’s 23-month-old daughter Lacie Jade Stephenson.

The family was travelling to Skegness in Lincolnshire to take part in a dance competition when their Nissan Primera hit a lorry head on.

Three of them died at the scene and two others lost their lives later in hospital.

The lorry driver suffered only minor injuries.

Carley, 21, and Bethany, 18, of Chester-le-Street, were students of the Trish’n’Trina Performers Academy based at the Arts Centre Washington in Fatfield.

A statement released by the instructors said: “Part of our dance family is now missing from our lives, but our memories of them live on in our hearts forever.

“Angie and Dave, a loving husband and wife, 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.

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

“Our thoughts and prayers are with their family and friends. Love always.”

The crash happened on the A18 near Laceby Manor Golf Club at Grimsby – a stretch of road described as one of Britain’s most dangerous routes.

A BBC television programme broadcast in 2011 claimed it was 25 times more dangerous than the average British motorway, having witnessed 20 crashes in the previous three years.

It was also found to be the UK’s highest-risk stretch of road for car drivers in a nationwide survey by the Road Safety Foundation in 2010.

Hundreds of mourners have left their condolences on internet social media websites.

Humberside Police officers say they are still investigating the accident.