Royal Marine becomes Beefeater at Tower of London
A Royal Marine has swapped his Green Beret for a Tudor uniform to become a Beefeater at Tower of London.
Andy Merry, 46, who lives in Canary Wharf, has been appointed after 24 years' service with the Royal Marines and will take up residence in the Tower of London along with the 36 other Yeoman Warders.
He said: "I am very proud to call myself a Yeoman Warder as it is such a prestigious job but I have to get used to having my picture taken.
"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 the questions our visitors ask."
Merry has served in Northern Ireland, Congo, Iraq and Afghanistan. Before joining the Yeoman Body at the Tower he worked for a maritime security company protecting ships from attack by Somali Pirates.
The Yeoman Warders are descended from the ancient band of warders who had the responsibility for guarding the gates and royal prisoners.