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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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."

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