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AUDIO: Fisherman's Friends rocked by tour death

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: February 11, 2013

  • The Fisherman's Friends, with Trevor Grills – fifth left in centre foreground with collar up – at the Daphne du Maurier Festival Picture: Emily Whitfield-Wicks

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A member of Westcountry singing group The Fisherman's Friends is seriously ill in hospital following an accident in which the band's tour manager died.

Trevor Grills, a tenor with the 10-strong sea shanty group from Port Isaac, North Cornwall, suffered serious head injuries.

He was injured after a heavy metal door at a venue in Surrey, where the group were preparing to perform, toppled onto him and tour manager Paul McMullen as they unloaded equipment.

It happened on Saturday morning as the group were getting ready to sing on the main stage at G Live in Guilford.

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Police were called to the venue just after 11.45am to a report that two men became trapped under a metal door.

Father-of-three-sons Mr Grills, a builder and carpenter aged in his 50s, was taken to hospital in London where he was last night being treated.

Mr McMullen, who lived in London suffered serious leg injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The show was cancelled with members of the group returning to Port Isaac.

John May, rector at St Peter's church, Port Isaac, said the tragedy had shocked and saddened the village.

He said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with Trevor's family and with the family of the man who sadly died – I understand he had a wife and children.

"It's not yet clear to us how serious Trevor's injuries are but we are praying to hear some good news about that.

"Port Isaac is a very close supportive village and I know the local community will rally around the Fisherman's Friends to help them through this ghastly time." Shirley Gladwin, who works for Jon Cleve, a member of the group said: "It's very sad, because they are so popular and do so much for the village.

"They've brought this village alive. It's a very sad village today."

Members of the group have either served as RNLI lifeboat volunteers or with the auxiliary coastguard teams.

An RNLI spokesman said their thoughts were with Mr Grills, his family and those of the dead man.

He said: "We would like to express our condolences to the friends and family of tour manager Paul McMullen, who died in the incident, and to wish singer Trevor Grills, who was seriously injured, a full and swift recovery.

"We are very proud to have been regularly supported by Fisherman's Friends through fundraising concerts.

"In addition, some of the group are past or present crew members at the Port Isaac RNLI lifeboat station, and all are well known to the close, seafaring community in Port Isaac." The group's publicist Doug Wright issued a statement confirming Mr McMullen's death and that Mr Grills had been injured. He said: "Trevor remains in hospital, there is no update on his condition."

Surrey police were this morning continuing to investigate the incident and the Health and Safety Executive has been informed.

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