|Robyn Harris and Andy Brooks|
By New Worker correspondent
Comrades and friends gathered at the India Club in London’s West End last weekend for a memorial dinner for Neil Harris, a leading member of the New Communist Party who spent many happy times in its bar and restaurant.
NCP leader Andy Brooks and several members of the Central Committee, including Daphne Liddle, Peter Hendy and Theo Russell, joined the throng that also included members of Neil’s jazz club and friends from his days at college in London.
Neil passed away in March after a long battle against cancer and the dinner was held on the eve of what would have been his 60th birthday on 4th November.
The India Club has been a frequent venue for comrades over the years as well as students from the nearby London School of Economics. Neil was one of them in the 1970s and many of his LSE friends turned up to recall fond memories of Neil’s student days with his widow, Robyn, and others during the evening.
The venue, based in a hotel in the Strand, was originally set up as a meeting place for the India League, a British organisation that campaigned for India’s independence. The club itself was started by Krishna Menon, the left-wing Congress leader who was India's first High Commissioner to Britain after independence in 1947. Though no longer a club, the restaurant and bar is still frequented by Indian diplomats, students and journalists.