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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…

    It’s a Celebration
    It doesn’t seem five minutes since issue 200 hit the shelves but like major birthdays and other milestones, the 250th edition has come round quickly.

    Time flies when you’re having fun and it has certainly been enjoyable compiling your suggestions about what makes Britain great. I’m sure you’ll write in to suggest items we didn’t include and challenge some of those that we did.

    Unsurprisingly, the British sense of humour has made the list and what better way to mark it than an interview with the comedian and writer Barry Cryer? Barry’s long career has seen him involved with a who’s who of comedy legends, from old favourites to more recent stars. His recollections could quite easily have filled the entire magazine but there is plenty to remind you of your own hilarious heroes.

    And talking about comedy, the United Kingdom’s involvement in the Eurovision Song Contest has been a bit of a joke of late. Some blame politics for the country’s poor showing but I have a sneaking suspicion that our songs in recent years haven’t been up to scratch. This issue we look back at Eurovision past, a time when even our flops were memorable for the right reasons.

    At the same time Sandie Shaw was hitting the right notes in Vienna, Twiggy was gracing the cover of Vogue and causing a sensation wherever she went. She’s lived and worked across the world, but as you’ll discover in our interview, she’s still proud to call Britain home.

    Regardless of what some will have you believe, journalism isn’t a glamorous profession, as Pete Kelly, a former editor of this magazine, attests in his look back to the early days of his career. The hours can be long, a lot of shoe leather will be worn through in the pursuit of a story and the money isn’t that great. But it’s the support of the readership that makes journalism feel like the greatest job in the world. I’d like to thank you all for sticking with Best of British.

    Here’s to the next 250 issues.

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