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    From the Editor…

    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…

    May-be This Time
    May has to be one of my favourite months. The flowers are coming out, the days are staying light and, most importantly, there’s little need for the radiators and tumble dryer.

    With two bank holidays, there’s more of a chance to get out of the house and this issue certainly offers plenty of ideas for a couple of days away.

    Bob Barton, a stalwart of the magazine, has revisited Oxfordshire for the latest in his Postcard From… series, Out & About is packed with places to visit and experiences to be had, and you can see what’s in store for Hampton Court Palace as it gears up for its 500th anniversary.

    Triggering memories of holidays past is our cover feature on caravanning in the
    1960s, along with Michael Palin’s look at railway posters and Richard Copestake’s personal reminiscence of SS Avalon – one of British Rail’s last steam-powered cross-Channel ferries.

    Of course, the weather can never be guaranteed, and if it takes a turn for the worse, you can always stay at home to watch the Eurovision Song Contest on 23 May. Who knows, maybe we can reverse the trend and win it this year?

    After all, the UK’s entry Still in Love with You by Electro Velvet – which is billed as “an up-tempo electric swing track” – certainly looks good on paper. But if we lose, you can always console yourself with our feature on the early Eurovisions, where the UK regularly came second.

    It may sound a little defeatist to celebrate second place but as they say: “It’s not the winning but the taking part that counts.”

    As long as we don’t have “Nul Points” ringing in our collective ears that is.


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