Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 4 March 2015

Gilmour's son 'sorry for idiocy'

David Gilmour's son Charlie was photographed climbing the Cenotaph
David Gilmour's son Charlie was photographed climbing the Cenotaph

The son of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour has apologised for climbing the Cenotaph during the student protests, saying he was "mortified" by his "moment of idiocy".

Gilmour's son Charlie said in a statement that he would like to "express his deepest apologies for the terrible insult to the thousands of people who died bravely for our country" and he did not realise what the monument was.

The Cenotaph, in Whitehall, commemorates Britain's war dead.

His statement reads: "I would like to express my deepest apologies for the terrible insult to the thousands of people who died bravely for our country that my actions represented.

"I feel nothing but shame. My intention was not to attack or defile the Cenotaph. Running along with a crowd of people who had just been violently repelled by the police, I got caught up in the spirit of the moment. I did not realise that it was the Cenotaph and if I had, I certainly would not have done what I did."

David Gilmour's former bandmate Roger Waters lost his father in the Second World War and has written about his loss extensively throughout his career, including a number of Pink Floyd songs.

The moving track When The Tigers Broke Free chronicles an attack on the Royal Fusiliers by German Tiger tanks.

Waters' father, Eric Fletcher Waters, served in the Fusiliers and died during Operation Shingle.

On the track Waters describes how he found a letter of condolence from the Government. The song ends with his anguished cry: "And that's how the High Command took my daddy from me."

The cover of Floyd's album The Final Cut - on which When The Tigers Broke Free has been included - features a poppy and four Second World War medal ribbons.

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