It's difficult to know just how the Yeoman Warders carry on with their addressing up to three hundred people , three times a day while conducting their tours around the Tower. Yes I realize that most of them are well used to it from training on the parade ground. Nevertheless, the noise level is increasing each year (I know, because I live nearby). This extract from Poppies, Pomp and People, illustrates the point.
April 9th (2014): Yeoman Warder David Coleman's Tour.
Yeoman Warder David Coleman is the archivist and also does chapel duty. I followed him around while he was conducting a tour. Irritatingly, a helicopter appeared overhead and sounded thunderous – it hovered above for at least twenty minutes. I mentioned this to several others, who were equally annoyed and deeply sympathetic towards David. He simply continued addressing the 200 or so people while appearing to not even notice the noise. When I asked him about it afterwards, he just shrugged his shoulders and smiled – marvellous! Unshakeable.
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