Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 December 2014

Tributes pour in for tour manager

A man has died after a metal door collapsed on him at a concert venue
A man has died after a metal door collapsed on him at a concert venue

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.

Another man, Trevor Grills, a member of the Cornish-based ten-piece, remains in hospital with serious injuries after being caught up in the incident before their scheduled gig in Surrey.

Paul McMullen, the band's manager, was pronounced dead at the scene - the G Live venue in Guildford - following the incident at 11.45am. His death - and Mr Grills' illness - was confirmed by a Fisherman's Friends spokesman.

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."

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

He was treated by paramedics but was declared dead at the scene. The other man - Mr Grills - has been taken by ambulance to St George's Hospital, Tooting, 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." He added: "[Mr Grills] remains in hospital, there is no update on his condition."

In a statement Darcus Beese, 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."

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