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Thursday 31 July 2014

Fisherman's Friends singer mourned

Published 12/02/2013|10:41

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Fisherman's Friends member Trevor Grills died in hospital after he was seriously hurt in a freak accident which also killed the band's tour manager

Grieving members of the Fisherman's Friends have spoken of "a much-loved and valued friend", following the death of singer Trevor Grills on Monday night.

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Mr Grills, one of 10 Cornish-based performers with the sea shanty group, was seriously injured following an incident at the G Live venue in Guildford, Surrey, on Saturday.

The band's promoter, Paul McMullen, from Stockport, died at the scene with leg injuries after he was trapped underneath a metal stage door. Mr Grills suffered severe head injuries in the incident and was taken to hospital in London, where he later died.

Speaking from the band's fishing village of Port Isaac, bass singer Jon Cleave said in a statement: "This is an announcement that we really wish we didn't have to make. It is with great sorrow that we have to tell you that Trevor Grills - husband of Leslie and dad to Paul, Mark and Josh, lifetime friend and Fisherman's Friend - died of his injuries last night in St George's Hospital, Tooting.

"Our deepest love and thoughts are with Trevor's family and we would like to sincerely thank everyone for your messages of love and support. We know that Trevor, who was a proud yet modest Cornishman, would be quite overwhelmed by it all."

Mr Grills, who at 54 was among the younger members of the vocal harmony ensemble, often took the lead on the Friends' more melancholic pieces. He was described by his band members as "a much-loved and valued friend to all of us... an integral part of the Port Isaac community".

Writing on the group's Facebook page, Sarah Lee said: "Words seem pointless, but apart from sending you all love there's not much else we can offer."

Fellow fan Charlie Mason added: "Such sad news - we saw you all in Cheltenham on Thursday, and loved it - Trevor brought joy to people - a gift few of us have. We've lost someone special."

The band have enjoyed commercial success since being discovered singing on the quayside in Port Isaac - a tradition they have continued.

The Friends, who reached the top 10 in the UK charts in 2010, played to an audience of thousands at Glastonbury's iconic Pyramid Stage in 2011, as well as advertising seafood on television commercials.

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