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Fisherman’s Friends tour manager killed and band member injured in gig venue accident

By | Published on Tuesday 12 February 2013

The Fisherman's Friends

The tour manager for vocal group The Fisherman’s Friends Paul McMullen was killed, and band member Trevor Grills was critically injured, following an accident at the weekend. A metal door fell on the two men as they prepared for a gig at the G Live venue in Guildford on Saturday.

Speaking in the ten-piece group’s hometown of Port Isaac, singer Jon Cleave told reporters: “The Fisherman’s Friends are very touched and moved by the concern and support shown for our friends, Trevor and Paul. We would like to express our and Port Isaac’s thanks to everyone for that. It’s part-and-parcel of our Cornish community to pull together, one-and-all, in such times; and that is what we are doing. Trevor is fighting for his life in the presence of his family in hospital in Tooting. All our love and thoughts are with them at this time”.

G Live is owned by Guildford Borough Council. The council said in a statement: “A full investigation has already begun and at the moment this is the responsibility of outside agencies. This is a complex area for investigation and our health and safety team will continue to offer any necessary assistance. Our building control team will also continue to advise on ensuring the site remains safe. We are helping in any way we can during this very difficult and sad time”.

UPDATE 12PM 12 FEB: Shortly after this report was published, it was announced that Trevor Grills had also died from head injuries sustained in this accident. In a statement, the band said: “Trevor was a much loved and valued friend to all of us and was an integral part of the Port Isaac community. He will be sadly missed. Our thoughts are with Trevor’s family at this very difficult time”.