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    Best of British is the UK’s premier nostalgia magazine covering every aspect of life from the 1930’s to today.

    Each issue encourages you to:

    • Explore readers’ own recollections and memories in our Yesterday Remembered section
    • Discover more about days gone past with stories on everything from vintage transport to great Britons and from Christmas traditions to great days out
    • Enjoy regular reader favourites such as Treasures in the Attic, 1940’s Post, Postcard from… and of course our Puzzle Page and Crossword

    We hope you like reading our magazine as much as we love compiling it. In the meantime here is this month’s letter from our Editor, Simon Stabler…

    Who Dan Dares Wins
    Last month’s list of the 250 Things That Make Britain Great has certainly attracted a lot of interest. Over the past month I’ve been inundated with letters agreeing with the items in the list, along with suggestions of things we “omitted”.

    There’s also been a few letters pointing out that the Spitfire and Routemaster bus look nothing like the Hurricane and Regent III whose pictures we used instead. As the grandson of a bus enthusiast, the last one is particularly galling but I certainly won’t be making that mistake again.

    When we come to issue 300, there will of course be space for another 50 items but where we can, we will feature your suggestions before then. Richard Bradshaw from Felixstowe suggested The Eagle and Dan Dare and his wish is my command.

    This issue we look at this most stylish of British comics and its heroic colonel and – courtesy of Peter Hampson, the son of Dan Dare creator Frank – feature early original artwork of Dare as a “flying padre”.

    With volunteers topping the list, it’s fitting this issue that we visit Kynren – an outdoor stage show that’s helping to revive Bishop Auckland’s fortunes.

    We also take a closer look at two popular figures who also featured in the list; Diana Dors (along with her fellow British blonde bombshells) and Sir Tony Robinson.

    Over the years, I’ve met many people with titles or honours but he has to be the most down to earth of them all. At the start of our conversation, I asked if I should call him Sir Tony, maybe even Sir Anthony. “Nah, just Tony,” was his response.

    Such a warm and modest man, and with the current Honours System celebrating 100 years this month – which we also look at this issue – I’d like to think that there are plenty more with a “gong” that share his humility.


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