Thursday 22nd August 2019
Yeoman Warder Barry Stringer takes on the role after more than 33 years serving in the RAF. The former RAF musician says he is on “cloud nine” after becoming the Tower of London’s newest Warder.
More commonly known as ‘Beefeaters’, the Warders have guarded the Tower since 1485.
Yeoman Warder Stringer (pictured) becomes the 410th Yeoman Warder since records began in the 19th century and the first RAF Musician to join the Yeoman Body.
“I feel like I’m on cloud nine,” he said. “My feet haven’t touched the ground… It’s a real privilege.”
Before joining the Tower of London, YW Stringer was a Flight Sergeant and led the RAF Salon Orchestra and managed the RAF Central Band, both based at RAF Northolt.
With only 37 Yeoman Warders working at the Tower, it is a competitive application process. YW Stringer says:
“You have to serve 22 years in the military before you can apply. You have to have a Long Service and Good Conduct medal, and you also have to have reached the rank of Warrant Officer or equivalent. Honestly, I’m still pinching myself. Every morning, when you come out on to Tower Green, or you’re on the battlements overlooking the White Tower, it’s just incredible and I just think I’m just so privileged.”
Read the rest of the story and watch a short film clip with Barry sharnig his thoughts on Forces.net.