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Steve Recollects Emotional Remembrance Service

Steve Gill - Northern Ireland War Veteran And Big Brother 11 Housemate

Former soldier Steve Gill showed a glimpse of his soft side tonight, when a chat about songs triggered him to discuss his fallen comrades.

The group had only just been dancing around the lounge to the upbeat sound of Erasure's 'A Little Respect', when Dave and Steve had a little chat about music.

Dave said that his favourite band is Pink Floyd, and reckoned that none of the others would like that sort of music, but in response Steve said that he likes the legendary (prog) rock band.

"It's personal choice isn't it," said Steve about the fact that Dave had chosen a Floyd song as his fave tune before entering the House, before adding: "I put down 'The British Soldier'. Nobody's gonna' like that apart from me".

Having never heard of that song before, Dave asked his tattooed peer what it's all about, and Steve explained that it's a song about a British paratrooper who gave his life in Northern Ireland by protecting others from a bomb blast.

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"It just brings back so many memories... real, real emotions," said the 40-year-old bomb blast victim, who lost both his legs and an eye in Northern Ireland. Furthermore, Steve recalled how the song – originally titled 'Soldier' by Harvey Andrews – was played during a remembrance service on a ship, when all the soldiers sang along as they laid wreathes in the water.

"I tell you what, I've never seen so many grown men cry," added the big guy, clearly remembering his feelings on the day, before re-iterating that it was an unbelievably emotional occasion.

In response, Dave dubbed him a 'hero' and told Steve that he was proud of him.

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