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