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Alex Eaton and his brother Paddy joined the Bradford Young Communist League and attended the 15th Congress of the YCL in Londonin 1948: "our attendance at Congress was the first real contact we've had with the YCL", they were reported as saying.
Alex Eaton along with a friend, with a friend, Bill Leader helped to start a branch of the Workers Music Association (WMA) in Bradford. Bill claimed that he didn’t do much, the driving force being Alex who started a choir and also what Bill suspects was the first folk club in Britain- the Topic Folk Club in Bradford.
Source: MW; The Living Tradition - Bill Leader - 50 years in the recording industry; Challenge April 1948