Royal Marine is newest recruit at Tower of London

Royal Marine is newest recruit at Tower of London

Silhouette of the Yeoman Gaoler and a boy dressed as a Warder

9 Feb 2013

Recently appointed as a Beefeater at the Tower of London Andy Merry, 46, is getting to grips with the ancient ceremonies and stories associated with the 1,000 year old palace after 24 years of service with the Royal Marines.

Royal Marine is newest recruit at Tower of London

New Yeoman Warder, Andy Merry, swaps the Green Beret for a Tudor uniform

Recently appointed as a Beefeater at the Tower of London Andy Merry, 46, is getting to grips with the ancient ceremonies and stories associated with the 1,000 year old palace after 24 years of service with the Royal Marines.

A married father of two, Merry grew up in Deal, Kent before moving to Yeovil in Somerset.  He now lives in Canary Wharf, London and feels that “the city takes a bit of getting used to”.  Once he completes his training he will take up residence in the Tower of London along with the 36 other Yeoman Warders. 

During his 24 years with the Royal Marines YW Merry served in Northern Ireland, The Congo, Iraq and Afghanistan amongst others.  Prior to joining the Yeoman Body at the Tower he worked for a maritime security company protecting ships from attack by Pirates, predominately in the Arabian Gulf and the Indian Ocean.

Yeoman Warder Merry said:
'I am very proud to call myself a Yeoman Warder as it is such a prestigious job but I have had to get used to having my picture taken!  The other Yeoman Warders have been extremely welcoming, friendly and helpful; it is very much a family atmosphere.  Life here is very busy with no two days the same.  My first big task is to learn the Ceremony of the Keys so that I can conduct this ancient event in mid-September.  There is also 1,000 years of history to learn so I can answer all the questions that our visitors ask.'

Over the next few months, Yeoman Warder Merry will learn by heart the Story - the script of the famous Yeoman Warder Tour - before being allowed to lead a Tour himself. He will also become familiar with each of the 21 separate duties that the Yeoman Warders conduct each and every day.

YW Merry joins the close knit community of Yeoman Warders at the Tower.  The Yeoman Warders, often called Beefeaters, are descended from the ancient band of warders who, from early in the Tower’s history, had the responsibility for guarding the gates and royal prisoners. Modern Yeoman Warders are still Extraordinary Members of the Queen’s Bodyguard and are all former warrant officers from Her Majesty’s Forces with an honourable service record of at least 22 years. Today they combine their traditional ceremonial role with a love of history and a way with words to make the past come to life for visitors – a noble tradition which Andy Merry is eager to become a part of.

Notes to Editors

For Further information and images, please contact the Historic Royal Palaces press office: press@hrp.org.uk or 020 3166 6166

Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace and Kew Palace.  We help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society in some of the greatest palaces every built.  We receive no funding from the Government or the Crown, so we depend on the support of our visitors, members, donors, volunteers and sponsors.  Registered charity number 1068852.  For more information visit www.hrp.org.uk

 

 

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