The father of a talented teenage dancer and performer has paid tribute to his daughter on the 10th anniversary of her death.

Emma Newton died on May 23 2011 when a tree fell on her car during a storm as she drove home.

Ten years on, Emma’s dad Robbie has reflected on his daughter’s memory.

“Well, she’s my daughter, so every father would say that she’s beautiful, kind, talented, thoughtful, and generous. Emma was just an amazing girl with so much ahead of her.

“Emma was always helping others. She would teach girls who were struggling how to dance before legging it to catch her train to get down to Dance City in Newcastle.”

Emma, who studied at Queen Elizabeth High School, had offers from several universities to start studying performing arts in September 2011.

Robbie continued: “It is difficult. There’s never a day goes by that I don’t think of her. They say that time heals, but it doesn’t. As a parent, your life changes forever.

“We reflect on where she could be now. Her friends are getting married and having children, and we think about everything that could be.”

Robbie said that tributes have helped the Newton family to come to terms with Emma’s death. He said: “We have had support from Brian May from Queen. Everyone from Ant and Dec to Kylie Minogue and Bonnie Tyler donated specs to be auctioned off for Emma’s fund.

The Emma Newton Fund, which was established in her memory has so far raised over £100,000 during the last decade and donated more than £46,000 in grants for young people to follow their dreams in the arts.

This September, Emma’s twin sisters, who were 8 when she died, will be going to university. Alicia is going to Manchester to study Fashion Promotion and Rhiannon is going to Salford to study Fashion Styling and Image Making.

Robbie said: “Emma would have been so proud of her sisters going to uni. They’re kind and thoughtful, just like her.”