Rock star's son 'sorry' for scaling war memorial in student protest
Published 11/12/2010 | 05:00
The son of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour issued a public apology yesterday for climbing on top of one of Britain's most important war memorials during student demonstrations against rising university fees in London.
Charlie Gilmour (pictured) said he was sorry for the "terrible insult" to the thousands who died for the country. Gilmour -- a Cambridge University history student -- said he did not realise that the monument he climbed was the Cenotaph, which commemorates Britain's war dead.
"I feel nothing but shame," he said. "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."
Gilmour (21) is the child of writer and journalist Polly Samson and her first husband, poet Heathcote Williams. He was adopted by the Pink Floyd musician after he and Samson married.