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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

    The Blazing Squad
    There’s no question about it; firefighters are among the bravest in society and are worth every penny.

    However, there is one fire brigade in the UK where that dedication goes further, as all its personnel not only give their time for free but attend the same kinds of incidents as their professional colleagues.

    As long as I can remember, I have been aware of the Peterborough Volunteer Fire Brigade. But until I paid a visit to their fire station in order to write this issue’s cover feature, I knew little about them other than their motto and year of establishment. This article really opened my eyes to the work of such a selfless and unique organisation and I hope it does the same for you.

    Sticking with the theme, we reveal how a newspaper baron’s Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost found new life as a fire engine (or appliance as insiders call them) and was later replicated as a Matchbox toy. Maybe the Peterborough Volunteer Fire Brigade’s preserved Dennis/Land Rover water tender will one day get the miniaturisation treatment? I’d certainly buy one.

    This issue we speak to Dame Angela Lansbury, and run a posthumous interview with singer songwriter Peter Sarstedt who died a year ago. We also pay tribute to writer and raconteur Frank Muir, who passed away 20 years ago, while another dapper gent, the Man From the Pru, is one of the subjects of our piece on advertising characters.

    If Two-Way Family Favourites was a regular fixture of your Sunday lunchtimes, then I hope you enjoy our feature on the programme. And like that show, this magazine likes to unite friends and relatives from across the globe, so why not write in? We even take requests…

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