Under the War Charities Act, permission was granted in 1944, to establish the Estonian Relief Committee. The aim of the organisation was to be of assistance to all those who required help, be it financial or with the English language.
A couple of years after end of hostilities the British government started recruiting workers from Displaced Persons Camps, which had been set up in Germany at the end of the war, initially from the British zone and subsequently from the American zone and from Austria. The first Baltic displaced persons who arrived in Britain as refugees were the "Baltic Cygnets" - young women who were placed mainly in hospitals. The men followed this initial flow and were given jobs in the textile industry and in hospitals, with the younger men being sent to coal mining with some to agriculture.
This photograph shows from left to right:
August Ottan, Lia Ottan, Renate Vainu, Doris Birdsall Lady Mayoress, Anton Vainu, Mr Birdsall