The Wednesday 17 April 1946 edition of the Huddersfield Examiner included an article about a meeting held the previous evening at the Wellington Hotel, Newsome, when the formation of a Huddersfield branch of the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) had been proposed.

It was reported that the meeting was attended largely by recently-demobilised officers and men of the RAF, together with a few ex-members of the WAAF [Women’s Auxiliary Air Force] and ten former airmen who had joined the Association during their active service.

Authorisation followed quickly and the Huddersfield RAFA branch was founded officially on 26 April 1946.  The 70th Anniversary of this event was commemorated by the current members of the branch on Saturday 25 April 2016.  A copy of the Huddersfield Examiner article about the Anniversary lunch is shown below:

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Having been based over the years at the Wellington Hotel and in town-centre locations such as Whitley’s Café, the Polish Club, the Albert and the George Hotel, Huddersfield RAFA now meets on the second Thursday of each month at Lindley Liberal Club from 19.00 hours (7pm for civilians).