Chris Skaife joined the Queens Regiment at the age of 16 as a boy soldier and has served in such places as Belize, Northern Ireland, Germany, Cyprus and kosovo to name but a few. Now retired from the military after 24 years of service… but not quite out of uniform! He works at the Tower of London as the Raven master and has the responsibility of looking after these historic Birds!
He lives with his wife Jasmin and daughter Mickayla inside the Tower of London. His hobbies are Londons social history and looking after 6 Ravens!!
After 25 years Military Service within the Grenadier Guards Simon was to take an Oath and qualify as a Member of Her Majesty,s Bodyguard of the Yeoman of the Guard Inextraordinary More commonly known as Yeoman Warders or “Beefeaters” He was to join Ripping Yarns in 2006 and has been with them since.During his time as a Warder
Simon has taken part in several Documentaries such as “The Tower” and “Relocation Relocation” plus several other overseas “Jack the Ripper” productions.
Ken joined the British Army in September 1975 as a junior Infantry soldier and was posted to the 1st Bn the Green Howards. He has served in Berlin, Germany, Catterick,Canada and Denmark but to name a few. Ken retired from the Army in 1999 as a Warrant Officer Class 2.
After leaving the Army he worked briefly as a Hotel Manager before joining the Body of Yeoman Warders at HM Tower of London. Which was always a life long ambition. He enjoys all sports but football is his passion! Ken has worked for Ripping Yarns since 2006 and likes nothing better than entertaining our guests on his nightly Jack the Ripper tours. Ken in his spare time serves the public as a special comstable for the local community.
Following his Military career Dickie did contracts with the UN in Bosnia Croatia & Macedonia and later in Kosovo. He joined the Body of Yeoman Warders in the Tower of London in 2000 and became part of Ripping Yarns Tours in 2005.
He was described in an article in the Sunday Times as a superb guide with the wit of Frankie Howerd, the eloquence of Laurence Olivier and the facial expressions of Old man Steptoe.
Dickie is featured as the narrator in the Tower of London’s you tube production “an introduction to the Tower”. He has also represented Ripping Yarns Tours in 2 major television programmes BBC The Price of Vice, and Channel 5 “the man who invented Jack the Ripper”.
Steve is a founder member of Ripping Yarns Ltd and has extensive knowledge of the Jack the Ripper subject. Steve has studied Jack for many years and considers himself a subject matter expert. He joined the Royal marines in 1974 and served with 40 Commando as a Rifleman, Specialist Machine Gunner and working in the Intelligence section during the Falklands war.
He serves as a special Constable with the Thames Police and works the river on the police boats a very specilist job! He is a keen biker and owns several classic bikes!! Steve is a dedicated family man and one of his sons followed in his foot steps and served in Afganistan. He is a fabulous tour guide and his eccentric style of tours is extremly entertaining. The photo shows Steve greeting his daughter at the docks in portsmouth after the end of the Falklands war.