Best of British is the UK’s premier nostalgia magazine covering every aspect of life from the 1930’s to today.
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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…
Not Such a Stupid Boy
Jimmy Perry, who – like many of our beloved entertainers – left us last year, was responsible for endless hours of wonderful television. Among them are It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, Hi-de-Hi!, You Rang, M’Lord? and, of course, Dad’s Army – a show whose repeats entertain audiences to this day. One person who has cause to remember this warm, generous man, is former BBC costume designer Maggie Partington Smith, who provides our cover feature.
Like many great comics and writers, Perry was influenced by a host of performers from an earlier age including Flanagan and Allen, whose Bud Flanagan was persuaded to come out of retirement to sing the Dad’s Army theme tune, and the multi-talented Will Hay who we are also proud to carry a feature on.
Staying with comedy, we look at the life and work of Beryl Reid – a woman who had a varied career but is sadly underappreciated because she was often cast as a dotty old lady – along with a piece on hoaxes such as Princess Caraboo and the Cottingley Fairies.
To celebrate the month of Easter, we have an article on collecting egg cups and a jumbo crossword, which I’m sure will keep you busy over the extended bank holiday. This month also marks 40 years since Red Rum won the Grand National for a third time. As our feature explains, it’s a feat that has yet to be repeated and I doubt it ever will.
It’s also the start of the 1940s re-enactment season and as we do each year, this issue features a dedicated pull out on the era. Not only does it include listings of re-enactment events and dances but stories of little known aspects of the Second World War and a call to arms from a member of the Home Fires cast.
I’m sure you’ll find the guide useful and I welcome your photographs and stories from any events it leads you to.
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