Derek Albert TOOKE JP
The earliest arms for ‘Toke’ date from the reign of Henry VI and were ‘per chevron sable and argent three gryphons’ heads erased and counterchanged’. Mr Tooke thought the arms very appropriate because the griffin was also the badge of the Midland Bank with which he had worked for 40 years. The red chief is taken from the arms of Norfolk from where Mr Tooke’s paternal ancestors can be traced, as well as some of his maternal ancestors. A red chief also features in the arms of The Chartered Institute of Bankers, as do the bezants. Mr Tooke is a Fellow of the Institute and a Freeman of the City of London. The crossed keys are a play on the name ‘Tooke’. The crest, a griffin, set on a green mount represents Mr Tooke’s rural background, carries a quill to indicate an administrative occupation and a pair of scales alluding to Mr Tooke’s work as a JP as a further reference to his carrier in banking.