Shared funeral for County Durham crash victims

A FUNERAL service for five members of the same family killed in one road smash will take place on Friday.

The Cockburn family from County Durham
The Cockburn family from County Durham

A FUNERAL service for five members of the same family killed in one road smash will take place on Friday.

David Cockburn, 48, his wife Angela (nee Edington), 49, daughters Bethany, 18, and Carley Ann, 21, as well as Bethany’s 23-month-old daughter Lacie Stephenson all died in a crash near to Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, on Friday, April 12.

The family’s Nissan Primera 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 had been driving to a dancing competition at Butlins in Skegness, that day.

Bethany and Carley Ann had between them won dozens of trophies in freestyle dance contests.

All lived in and around the Chester-le-Street area of County Durham.

The family 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.

News of the accident sent shock waves through North East communities.

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

More than 65,000 people also joined a Facebook group, which has since been closed, to pay tribute to the family and express their sadness.

People as far away as Hong Kong joined the group and tribute messages continue to flood in for the family on the social networking site.

Natasha Mcelwee said: “Beth and Carley were in our photography studio a few weeks ago looking so, so beautiful.

“Both talented and gorgeous girls. So sad to hear this tragic news. Heart goes out to all their family and friends. RIP.”

Beth Jones said: “Gosh it’s so, so sad. They were such lovely girls. My thoughts are with their family.”

Kelly Lowe added: RIP, you gorgeous family. May God give your loved ones the strength to carry on.”

Friends and family are invited to St John’s Church, in Birtley, Gateshead, followed by committal at Saltwell Crematorium. The family has requested no flowers at the service.


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