The Tower of London welcomes two new ‘Beefeaters’ this spring
The Yeoman Warders, nicknamed ‘Beefeaters’, are descended from the band of warders who guarded the gates and royal prisoners from the Tower of London’s early beginnings. Today they combine their passion and knowledge to bring the Tower’s history alive alongside their traditional ceremonial role. Modern Yeoman Warders are also Extraordinary Members of the Queen’s Bodyguard. To qualify for the role, applicants must have served at least 22 years in the armed forces, hold the Long Service and Good conduct medal and have reached the level of Warrant Officer, before being selected for interview and a rigorous selection process.
YW Daniel Benson was born and raised in Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham. Before joining the Tower of London, he spent 28 years in the Yorkshire Regiment (formerly a Green Howard), serving in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Germany, amongst others. Since leaving the army in 2010, he has worked for Help for Heroes, The Prince’s Trust and the Army Reserves. YW Benson said: “Being a Yeoman Warder is unbelievable. I feel very proud to be part of the history and traditions of the Tower. It seems like a fantastic job and I can’t believe I managed to get here. My son is serving in the army and he is very proud that his dad is a Yeoman Warder. The rest of the family are over the moon!”
YW Amanda Clark joins the Tower of London after 22 years in the Royal Logistics Corps. She completed tours in Germany, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan, Canada and the Falkland Islands. YW Clark, 42, from Burnley in Lancashire said “Waking up at the Tower of London is magical. Every morning I wake up and the Tower looks so peaceful. It didn’t really hit me until I put the uniform on for the first time and I realised I am now part of the history of the Tower. I can’t stop smiling! I’m really looking forward to exploring more of London and all of the sites like Covent Garden or seeing a show in the West End.”
One of the first challenges of a new Yeoman Warder is to learn word-for-word the ‘Story’ – the script of the famous Yeoman Warder Tour of the Tower. Once they have perfected the Story, YW Benson and YW Clark will be allowed to lead a tour, delighting visitors with almost a thousand years of Tower history.
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