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…
The Blue Lamp
There comes a time in many people’s lives when they notice that “the police are getting younger”.
The cynical among us will note that they are looking more like a paramilitary force these days as the blue serge uniforms have been replaced by woollen jumpers and body armour. I know the police need to protect themselves but does the sight of armed uniformed coppers really instil public confidence?
In this issue we go back to a time when the police commanded, not demanded, respect. A time when the bobby on the beat was armed with nothing more than a truncheon, quick wit and a whistle.
In the world of fictional policing, we celebrate the career of Herbert Lom, who played Chief Inspector Dreyfus in the Pink Panther series, go behind the scenes of the Z Cars spin-off Softly, Softly: Task Force, and discover what happened to Peter Byrne – best known as Andy Crawford in the classic Dixon Of Dock Green, whose star Jack Warner features on our cover.
TV’s Call The Midwife has been a runaway success and it made us wonder what midwifery was like in the days before the NHS. You’ll find out inside. And staying with public service, our Food & Drink section reveals what becomes of decommissioned fire stations.
Since it opened 50 years ago, the BT Tower has handled countless calls, including emergency ones. We look at the construction of this landmark, a place that I was once lucky enough to visit.
And on the subject of visits, regular contributor Brian Howes will be hosting Treasures in the Attic Live at Arnold Library, Nottinghamshire on 20 October between 1-2.30pm. Like his popular feature, Brian will be asking people to guess the value of the items on display and to see if they can spot the star item.
Given how much some of these antiques might fetch, let’s hope George Dixon is on hand to protect them… Goodnight all.
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