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Farewell to sea shanty star Trevor

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: February 20, 2013

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ST ENDELLION Church is expected to be packed to capacity on Friday when Port Isaac pays an emotional farewell to Trevor Grills, the Fisherman's Friends' singer who died last week from injuries sustained in a music venue accident.

Mr Grills, 54, suffered critical injuries after being hit by a falling metal door at the G Live building in Guildford, Surrey on February 9, He died in hospital two days later.

Tour manager Paul McMullen, 44, from Disley in Cheshire, died in the incident.

Mr Grills' funeral on Friday will be at 2pm. His family has requested that it remain private.

Tributes have been paid to Mr Grills from people across the country. The shanty group said they have been overwhelmed by the support and thanked everyone for all their heartfelt condolences.

On the Fisherman's Friends' website, Peter Eames from South Wales wrote: " Trevor Grills was a true Cornishman and was one of the best voices in the Fisherman's Friends. Words can not hide my shock and sadness since I found out what had happened.''

Sharon Waite wrote: " Lovely man, lovely voice with a lovely nature, RIP Trevor, you will be missed but never forgotten, just the memory of watching you sing makes me smile.''

Cate Bain wrote: "Our hearts are in Port Isaac right now and our love and deepest sympathy go to all the family and friends mourning such a terrible tragedy.''

Surrey Police and Guilford Borough Council were this week still working with the Heath and Safety Executive to discover the circumstances which led to the death of the two men.

A spokeswoman for the council said: " A full investigation is under way and this is currently the responsibility of outside agencies.

"We are helping in any way we can during this very difficult and sad time,'' she said.

Police were called to the London Road venue after a report that two men were trapped under a metal door in a loading bay.

Tour manager Paul McMullen died at the scene. The ten-strong shanty song group from Port Isaac 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.

However, his condition deteriorated and he had died two days later at the hospital in Tooting.

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