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Man charged in connection with Fisherman's Friends singer death

Trevor Grills was a singer with the popular Port Isaac shanty group Fisherman's Friends. Credit: ITV West Country

A man has been charged with manslaughter by gross negligence in connection with the death of a member of the Cornwall-based shanty group Fisherman's Friends.

Trevor Grills died after being struck by a stage door at the G Live theatre in Guildford in 2013, hours before the group was due to perform.

Mr Grills, 54, was treated for head injuries in hospital, but pronounced dead two days later. The band's promoter Paul McMullen also lost his life, dying at the scene from injuries to his leg.

56-year-old David Naylor from Bridgnorth will appear in court in December.

Trevor Grills was part of Fisherman's Friends. Credit: Suzan/Suzan/EMPICS Entertainment

Police arrest a man over singer's death

Trevor Grills, singer with Fisherman's Friends, died at a concert last year Credit: ITV News

Police investigating the deaths of two men, including a singer from Cornwall, at a theatre have arrested a man.

Trevor Grills, singer with popular shanty group Fisherman's Friends, was killed when he was struck by a large stage door at the G Live concert venue in Guildford, Surrey, on February 9 last year, hours before his group was due to perform.

The band's promoter, Paul McMullen, from the Stockport area, also died at the scene of the incident, suffering fatal leg injuries.

Mr Grills, 54, was treated for head injuries at St George's Hospital, Tooting, south London, but was pronounced dead two days later.

Surrey Police said a 55-year-old man from the Bridgnorth area of Shropshire was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by gross negligence and is in custody.

The singers are from the picturesque Cornish fishing village of Port Isaac, where they performed for years before being talent-spotted.

The band's success has seen them secure a top 10 album and a spot on the pyramid stage at 2011's Glastonbury festival, and advertise seafood on television commercials.

Mr Grills, who was one of the younger members of the ensemble, was well-known for taking the lead vocal role on some of the group's more melancholic numbers.


Fisherman's Friends album released today

A new album by Cornwall's Fisherman's Friends is released today. Credit: ITV News West Country

A new album by Cornwall's Fisherman's Friends is released today.

One And All is the first release since the death of band member Trevor Grills in February.

The record's release was put back after the tragedy but features Mr Grills' vocals on the song Mary Anne with the agreement of his family.

Fisherman's Friends release new single

Port Isaac sea shanty group Fisherman's Friends have released their first single since the tragic death of band member Trevor Grills and their tour manager in February.

Trevor Grills features on the new single, Mary Anne, which was recorded in January. He also appears on the new album One and All which will be released in August.

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