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Statement from Fisherman's Friends

Grief-stricken members of Cornwall-based sea shanty group Fisherman's Friends have thanked the public for their support, after their tour manager died and singer Trevor Grills was seriously injured in a freak accident.

Paul McMullen died at the scene of the incident on Saturday, hours before the ten-piece were due to perform at the G Live venue in Guildford, Surrey.

He was trapped underneath a door at the venue's loading bay, police said. Mr Grills suffered head injuries and is in a serious condition in hospital.

Band member Jon Cleave, who introduces the Fisherman's Friends songs during concerts, gave this statement a short time ago.

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Emotional statement following death of Fisherman's Friends tour manager

The Fishermans Friends have made an emotional statement following the death of their tour manager and the serious injury to one of the group. They said their thoughts were with the families of both men.

Trevor Grills is seriously ill in hospital after a door collapsed on him and the tour manager at a venue in Surrey where they were due to perform.

Tributes pour in for tour manager killed in accident

Tributes have been paid to the tour manager of shanty group Fisherman's Friends, who died after he was trapped under a metal door, hours before the group were due to perform.

Paul McMullen was pronounced dead at the scene - the G Live venue in Guildford - following the incident at 11.45am yesterday [Saturday].

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

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Singer remains "seriously ill" in hospital

The 10-strong Fisherman's Friends Credit: Suzan/Suzan/EMPICS Entertainment

A member of the popular shanty singing band Fisherman's Friends is seriously ill in hospital after an incident at a concert venue where another man died.

The Cornish-based group had been due to perform at the G Live venue in Guildford, Surrey, shortly after 11.45am yesterday [Saturday], but the gig was called off following the incident.

Police were called to the scene after a report that two men were trapped under a metal door. One of the men suffered serious injuries to his legs, officers confirmed.

He was treated by paramedics but was declared dead at the scene. The other man - an unnamed member of the ten-strong group - was taken by ambulance to St George's Hospital, Tooting, with serious head injuries.

Tributes pour in for Fisherman's Friends crew member

Port Isaac's Fisherman's Friends back in June Credit: Suzan/Suzan/EMPICS Entertainment

The Fisherman’s Friends are shanty singers from Port Isaac on Cornwall’s rugged, panoramic north coast. They've delighted visitors and locals there for more than 15 years.

Their regular portside concerts have become a much-loved local institution and visiting celebs such as Chris Evans, Gloria Hunniford, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, have fallen under the spell of their Shanty singing.

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