My earliest recollection of Peter is seeing him reading out the announcements over the tannoy on the platform at Harrow on the Hill underground station.
Later I learned he was a veteran peace campaigner and trade union activist in Watford and Harrow. He was active in both the NUT and RMT unions and latterly on Watford Trades Council.
It was to the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament that his heart belonged. Peter campaigned tirelessly against the transport of nuclear waste through Watford by rail.
Peter understood intuitively and comprehensively what a massive fraud lay behind New Labour. Peter worked enthusiastically with the Watford Stop the War Coalition. He was often the first person I would ring if I had half an idea about organising some kind of anti-war protest. Peter’s instant enthusiasm – “what a jolly good idea” – always spurred you on to get on with phoning round everyone else.
He would often pound the streets of Watford and Bushey to deliver anti-war leaflets.
He was also a passionate letter writer. He wrote endless broadsides lambasting New Labour and all its works to our hapless pro-war MP, Claire Ward. Peter never tired of trying to make those who profess to represent us, to be more accountable for their actions.
He belonged to a generation of activists who had seen the horrors of war at first hand.
The best tribute anyone could make to the life of Peter Eldridge would be to turn out on the anti-war demonstration in London on 18 March. Peter will be there in spirit.
A memorial meeting for Peter Eldridge will be organised in Watford in the near future. For more info contact: Maria Green 01923 249 55
Anwar Ditta, a heroic anti-racist campaigner, died last week.