Fisherman's Friends hit by double tour tragedy
THE Port Isaac community is in mourning at the loss of Trevor Grills, a singer with the Fisherman's Friends who has died after suffering severe head injuries in a freak incident. Mr Grills suffered critical injuries after being hit by a falling metal door at the G Live venue in Guildford, Surrey, on Saturday. Tour manager Paul McMullen, of Disley in Cheshire, also died in the incident. Mr Grills, 54, a builder and carpenter and father of three sons, did not recover from his injuries and died in hospital on Monday night with his family at his bedside. In a statement on Tuesday, his bandmates in the shanty group said: "The Fisherman's Friends announce with great sadness that their friend and fellow band member Trevor Grills passed away last night as a result of severe head injuries inflicted during an accident on Saturday February 9. "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." The group were signed to Island Records, and yesterday the label's president, Darcus Beese, said: "We are all deeply saddened at losing Trevor. The Fishermen's Friends are exactly that: lifelong partners in all they do and our thoughts and prayers go out to them and Trevor's family and friends." Earlier on Monday, the rest of the group, some in tears, had gathered at the Platt in Port Isaac where they have performed numerous charity concerts, and said they were extremely moved by the response of people up and down the country. Police were called to the Guildford venue just after 11.45am on Saturday after a report that two men were trapped under a metal door in a loading bay. The award-winning Cornish group were due on stage that evening. Officers said Mr McMullen suffered serious injuries to his legs and died at the scene. Mr Grills was taken by ambulance to St George's Hospital in south London in a critical condition and did not recover from his injuries. The group has raised thousands of pounds for Port Isaac RNLI over the years, and its chairman, Bob Bulgin, said yesterday it would take the village a long time to recover. "The boys have always supported the RNLI since the group was formed and Trevor was one of the group's finest singers. "He was not only a fine singer and a fine craftsman, but a very fine man. "It will affect the group greatly, because they really are a band of brothers, but our thoughts now must be with Trevor's family at such a sad time."
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