Weston woman celebrates at Tower of London
PUBLISHED: 07:00 24 June 2011
FRIENDS and family of one Weston woman took a trip to the Tower of London on Saturday to witness her marriage blessing at the historic palace – which is also her home.
Julie Brodie, aged 54, grew up in the resort and her parents, Robert and Betty Burton still live in Locking Castle.
After meeting her husband George, aged 60, who is a yeomen warder at the London landmark, Julie moved into the tower, which has also been home to William the Conqueror and Henry VIII, while Guy Fawkes was also imprisoned there.
The couple were married in Scotland in March but as all the family could not attend a marriage blessing was held this weekend at the tower’s chapel.
Robert, aged 83, said: “As you can imagine, all this has been quite exciting for us, as a normal family.
“This is also the first yeoman wedding in nearly 20 years.
“It was absolutely fantastic and we thoroughly enjoyed it.
“About 45 of us went and stayed in the tower which really was an experience - it’s like a whole village inside.
“Lots of visitors and tourists were taking pictures of us as we were escorted through by the yeomen.”
Yeomen, who are also known as beefeaters, are the ceremonial guardians of the tower who have retired from a senior position in the armed forces, after at least 22 years of service.
Robert, of Blaisdon, said mum-of-one Julie, who attended Weston Grammar School, was thrilled when she found out the blessing could go ahead and the reception was held at the Yeomen Warders club.
George, who has been in the job for 13 years, selected one of the Queen’s bodyguards, and protector of the crown jewels, to be his best man and General Lord Dannatt also attended the ceremony.
Robert added: “We have been shown every bit of the tower, including parts never available to normal visitors and we are thinking about going again for a holiday at Christmas.”