The Association of Estonians in Great Britain was founded in 1947 to serve the interest of Estonians in Great Britain. It does not have individual membership, instead Estonian organisations are affiliated to the association. This gave courage to Estonians living and working here to start their own groups and associations. The Estonian House EESTI KODU Club in Bradford was a much needed home for them all.
There were also organised groups in Leeds, Halifax and Huddersfield who welcomed the Bradford EESTI KODU Club. The only shortcoming was that the house was in very bad condition and many Estonians had to do voluntary work in the evenings and weekends to make the place serviceable. Some structural work was done by professional workers. At the same time some rooms were already being used by Estonians groups. The house was ready for the grand opening on 9 June 1956.
This photo shows, from left to right:
Back row: Johannes Erm, Venda Tootsi, Endel Raatma, Erik Priim, Herbert Vosang, Aksel Paluoja
Front row: Karin Rasta, Villem Kinnas, Anton Vainu, August Ottan, Lia Ottan