Fisherman's Friends manager killed in accident before G Live performance

Tributes have been paid to the tour manager of the shanty group Fisherman's Friends, who died after becoming trapped under a metal door in an accident that also left one of the singers with serious head injuries.

Paul McMullen, the manager of the Cornwall-based 10-piece, was pronounced dead at the G Live venue in Guildford, Surrey, just before noon on Saturday. The group had been due to perform a few hours later.

Trevor Grills, a singer with the group, was also badly hurt and remained in hospital on Sunday.

McMullen, who had serious leg injuries, was treated by paramedics, but could not be saved. Grills was taken to St George's hospital, Tooting, south London, with serious head injuries.

A spokesman for the band said: "Tragically, a member of the Fisherman's Friends touring party died yesterday following an accident at the G Live venue in Guildford where the group were due to perform. One of the Fisherman's Friends was also seriously injured in the accident and remains in hospital."

In a statement Darcus Beese, the president of Island Records, the group's label, said: "Everyone here is shocked by this tragic event, our hopes and prayers go out to the friends and families of those involved."

Police were called to the incident at 11.45am on Saturday, and the Health and Safety Executive has been informed of the death.

A spokesman for the group Said The Maiden, who had worked with the singers, said: "We are deeply saddened by the news of the accident in Guildford yesterday.

"Paul was an amazing man, who gave us a fabulous opportunity to sing for the Fisherman's Friends. We feel honoured and grateful to have been able to work with him.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and the guys tonight."

Saturday night's gig was cancelled following the incident. It is believed the nine members of the group not involved in the accident have returned to their homes in north Cornwall.

All of the Fisherman's Friends, who have performed in Port Isaac for more than 15 years, are, or were, fishermen, coastguards or lifeboatmen.

Tributes poured in on social media sites yesterday as the news spread.

Musician Jess Distill said: "It was an honour and a pleasure to work with [McMullen] for the brief time we did. He gave us an incredible opportunity and we are so grateful for that."

Bekki Vousden added: "Was a pleasure knowing and working with such a lovely guy, my heart goes out to your family, you are going to be so very missed RIP."


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