The Internatt was a social club for international students, organised by 23-year-old Roger Pennington. The club was a place, in Pennington's words, for 'whites dancing with coloured people. Hindus talk with Moslems, Jews meet on friendly terms with Arabs. People from the Far East drink to the health of Englishmen'. Beginning in 1955, the Internatt had 150 members by late 1956, and held weekly candlelit jive sessions on the first floor of the Norwood Hotel.