I solved about three-fourths of this puzzle fairly rapidily. However, similar to the experience reported by many of the Brits, my progress ground to a crawl in the northwest quadrant.
Some possibly unfamiliar abbreviations, people, places, words and expressions used in today's puzzle
Used in Clues:
token - noun 2 a voucher that can be exchanged for goods or services.
Used in Solutions:
Frank Bridge - an English composer
Desperate Dan - a character in the British comic, The Dandy
Elgin - a town in Moray, Scotland
flat2 - noun
gong - noun 2 Brit. informal a medal or decoration.
National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty - usually known as the National Trust (abbreviation NT), is a conservation organisation in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
para - noun informal a paratrooper.
Gazza's review of today's puzzle may be found at Big Dave's Crossword Blog [DT 26174].
Signing off for today - Falcon