The very first meeting was held in Bolton hall in 1986. Ever since two events were staged every year, one around Tamil new year in April, and another nearer Deepavali in November. This tradition has never been broken up to now.
Early years were not easy for NTA. There were no funds, no regular income, no sponsors. Times was hard at that time and not many had spare money to support NTA or any other organisation. However, the committees manged to stage bi annual events, in various community halls and school halls. The committee members provided home cooked meals for the events, and there was a small entrance fee to cover the overhead costs. Life became difficult and at time it was felt that NTA cannot be sustained in the current form. If not for one or two generous members, who donated four figures sum, out of their own pocket to prop up the organisation, NTA wouldn’t be what it is today.