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    Best of British is the UK’s premier nostalgia magazine. Published since 1993, Best of British magazine is packed with stories and pictures guaranteed to bring the memories flooding back. Offering page after page of timeless reading, Best of British covers every aspect of life from the 1930s all the way through to today, recording the way it once was and demonstrating what makes Britain so special.

    At the heart of the magazine is our Yesterday Remembered section, where we explore reader’s own recollections and memories of British life gone by. Add to this dedicated stories on everything from vintage transport to great Britons, from Christmas traditions to great days out, and you have the perfect mix. Other regulars include reader favourites such as Treasures in the Attic, 1940s Post, Postcard from… and of course our Puzzle Page and Crossword.

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

    British Institutions
    “Right across the country adults will fall into two camps,” writes Janet Toms in our lead article, “those who loved school and didn’t want to leave and those who couldn’t get away fast enough.”

    The fact that I only talk to two people from school, one of whom is my brother, gives you an idea of which camp I’m in.

    And while I must admit that I was sometimes flummoxed for an answer in academic exams, I can at least answer one of your questions; whatever happened to the young cast from TV’s Please Sir!?

    In its heyday, 20 million viewers tuned into the antics of Duffy and chums – a figure even our most-loved programmes can’t match in today’s multi-channel age.

    The ratings war started on 22 September 1955 with the launch of Independent Television, and in this issue, we follow developments in the run-up to this landmark day in British broadcasting.

    One of ITV’s biggest stars in the 1980s and 90s was Cilla Black, who passed away in August. Pam Nockemann, a Cilla fan since the 60s, has written a timely tribute to the star she dubs The Queen of Merseybeat.

    From the small screen to silver screen, we look at a new exhibition dedicated to the public and private life of Vivien Leigh, while Brian Lynch celebrates Valerie Hobson, the movie star wife of John Profumo and the only character to come out of this sordid affair with any dignity.

    The year of Profumo’s departure from politics, 1963, also marked the arrival of certain metallic monsters in Doctor Who. It created a merchandising boom, Dalekmania, which Rob Hull, the subject of our Daleks of Doncaster piece, was swept up by.

    We also enjoy the collectible and colourful stamps and coins that honour the Queen, who this month becomes Britain’s longest-reigning monarch. Perhaps Queen Victoria, who previously held that remarkable status, would not be amused.

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