A token of celebration

Stone Mayor Kristan Green, RAFA Chairman Jim Davies and local RAFA colleagues receive the RAF token at Stone station. Photograph by Paul Milgate-Scarrott.

Tokens representing the three founding components of the Royal Air Force are travelling from branch to branch throughout the Midlands, Wales and the south west as part of celebrations marking 100 years of the RAF in 2018.

Stone played its part in the commemorative journey when one of the three tokens travelling the country arrived in the town on Sunday, September 2. It was received at Stone station by the Mayor of Stone, Kristan Green, and Chairman of the Royal Air Force Association’s Stone branch, Jim Davies, along with a group of local RAFA colleagues.

The RAF token. Photo by Paul Milgate-Scarrott

The token was handed to the Stafford Branch of RAFA on Sunday, September 9, where it remained until Sunday, September 16, when local dignitaries and the public celebrated  with a march past.

The tokens began their journeys on March 25, travelling through 85 RAFA branches in the South West, Midlands and in Wales. The trip involves a number of different modes of transport, including road, boat, bike, air and rail.

All three tokens will eventually arrive at the Birmingham Military Tattoo on November 24.