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Dorset Man takes Up Prestigious Royal Post

John Donald

1:17pm 10th July 2014
(Updated 1:19pm 10th July 2014)

A former soldier living in Dorset has taken up residence in the Majesty's Royal Fortress.

John Donald is one of the Tower of London's newest Yeoman Warder's, who're also known as Beefeaters.

He had to go through an intense selection process to get the job and will now be giving guided tours around the historic site that was built in in the early 1080's by William the Conqueror.

John, who spent 23 years in the Army and lived in Crowssways, told us he's immensely proud to be a a Beefeater:

"The fact that there are only 37 of us working here and the process of applying for the job and actually going through the interview process to get here, I feel extremely privileged to work here, and live hee with my family."

John also ran the Combined Cadet force at Budmouth College in Weymouth, supervising 180 cadets and 15 adult volunteers.

For his new post he's had to learn over a thousand years of history and now that he lives at the historic castle too, surely he must have seen a few ghosts:

"As of yet I haven't come across any ghosts or any ghouls. Some of my colleagues have mentioned seeing things, but I've yet to come across any of these sites."

The ghost of Anne Boleyn, beheaded in 1536 for treason against Henry VIII, allegedly haunts the chapel of St Peter ad Vincula, where she is buried, and has been said to walk around the White Tower carrying her head under her arm.

Other ghosts include Henry VI, Lady Jane Grey, Margaret Pole, and the Princes in the Tower ... Apparently!



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