From butcher's boy to Beefeater

Geoff Abbott has guarded the Tower of London for 20 years. At 91 he's now published his autobiography after having sold books on execution across the world.

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From butcher's boy to beefeater, pilot and soldier

Geoff Abbott from South Cumbria has certainly lived life to the full. He started his work as a butcher's boy before going to war. Later he became a Beefeater at the Tower of London and became an expert on the darker side of the Tower's gruesome history.

He is also a helicopter pilot - and he's 91 years old.

Geoff has just written his latest book - his autobiography. Tim Backshall has been to meet one of life's great characters.

Cumbrian Beefeater publishes life story

He's met royalty and an american astronaut during his career Credit: ITV Border

Geoff Abbott is a former butcher's boy from South Cumbria, but for 20 years of his life he has served as a Beefeater at the Tower of London.

The 91-year-old is a renowned expert on executions and has just published his autobiography, From Butcher's Boy to Beefeater.

Geoff's books on execution have sold around the world Credit: ITV Border

He became a Beefeater at the Tower of London in 1974. He said living there was like "nothing else in the world. To know that one is living in a historic raw palace and fortress - what an address. The trouble is, no one ever believed you."


From butcher to Beefeater

Yeomen Warders are popularly known as Beefeaters Credit: PA

A former butcher's boy from South Cumbria who went on to spend more than 20 years serving as a Beefeater at the Tower of London has just published his autobiography.

91-year-old Geoff Abbott is a world renowned on expert on executions and has already published several books on the subject. He's hoping to make a killing out of his life story.

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