Simon Rodway set up his own firm named Silver Cane Walking Tours soon after his distinctive walking stick
My buddy Simon Rodway, who has died of cancer aged 65, was an marketing copywriter who changed direction in mid-life to turn out to be a tourist guide in London. Simon managed to combine a keen interest in British history and the royal family with impeccable leftwing credentials.
Simon was born in Auckland, New Zealand, the son of Haydn Rodway, a concert pianist and accountant, and Meg, a youngster vaudeville star turned typist. He spent significantly of his childhood marshalling friends to re-enact Roman battles with Plasticine figures on manicured suburban lawns. After attending Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland, he became an marketing copywriter for a commercial radio station in Auckland, but decided to head for London at the age of 25.
There, he worked for different advertising agencies in London, including Pincus Vidler, Cogent, Valin Pollen and Holmes Knight Ritchie.
He decided to give up on marketing, even though, as the digital age dawned, with its a lot more visual direction and reduced need to have for copy. He also longed to share his really like for the history of London with as several people as achievable. And so he became a tourist guide, gaining the blue badge guiding qualification in 2002.
Simon reckoned that his walks fulfilled all the criteria for a excellent tour – gentle workout, appropriate details, fantastic views and an enjoyable social experience. It was not possible to go on one particular of his walks with no locating out one thing new about the locations you have been seeing and also getting a good laugh.
He loved his adopted residence city and could satisfy his endless curiosity researching his walking tours. He set up his personal firm named Silver Cane Walking Tours soon after his distinctive walking stick.
Simon was a longtime Labour party member and gave practical support to the Hammersmith branch. He was interested in a variety of causes, particularly environmental concerns, supporting organisations from Greenpeace to the Woodland Trust.
He is survived by his wife of a lot more than 30 years, Judy, their daughter, Cara, and a granddaughter, Dinah.