From the author:-

 

This biography serves to preserve the memory of Arthur Edwin Simms who served as a facilitator for the development of others and in this he was selfless as were his contemporaries. Most important is that what is on offer in catering and hospitality today in the UK and elsewhere is in part due to the drive for professional standards from 1945 as well as the post-war development of a more affluent society.

 

Here are learning points and questions for further debate at all levels of education and in daily life which the wise reader can profit from.

 

The first picture is of Arthur's father 'Quisto' a maker of ventriloquial figures and who he assisted with Punch and Judy Shows to the royal children in the 1920's. This picture is in 1953 with a figure made for his grandson John Simms to commemorate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth 11.   The second picture is the official opening by HRH The Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh, of the purpose built wing of the new catering department at Portsmouth Municipal College in 1952.

Golden Anniversary in 2002

Arthur with his former secretary Sandra Pearce at the Golden Anniversary in the Guildhall Portsmouth in October 2002