Extract forom the book: A Relaxing Moment for Steve; How Demanding Is the Work? Yeoman Warder Steve Froggatt was previously in the Royal Marines – here he is seen looking thoughtfully at the water during a short break. He works part-time in the Thames River Police and says that water is still a great passion for him.
I can only guess and speculate about the internal pressure of being a Yeoman Warder. As a Royal Marine, Steve would have learned more than most about coping strategies, about dealing with pressure and about survival. Later in life, these highly trained, experienced and successful individuals retrain, knowing that at the end of six months, they will need to impress upon first Yeoman Gaoler and then Chief Yeoman Warder that they have enough knowledge and can hold the attention of visitors well enough for forty-five minutes, three times a day. That’s that, then – oh, no, it’s not! As well as learning to put up with countless questions, they’ll pose for photographs maybe 400 times each day. Nor can it be easy learning to work closely with thirty-six other powerful characters. Out in all weather, they walk many miles each day. Most visitors are polite, but I have observed rudeness from children (both parents and teachers looking on, without correcting the child) and adults. I haven’t discussed this with the Yeoman Warders, assuming they’d tell me that it’s all roses (and lilies, of course). While I understand that the remuneration is quite good and the prestige and cheaper accommodation are big bonuses, my guess is that they earn every penny of the Queen’s shilling.
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