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    Best of British is the UK’s premier nostalgia magazine covering every aspect of life from the 1930s 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, 1940s 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

    All Behind You, Winston
    It’s fairly easy to do a basic impression of Sir Winston Churchill; just pretend you’re holding a cigar at one corner of your mouth while barking out the word “Never” from the other. It’s a technique that some lesser politicians use when attempting to come over ‘Churchillian’ but most people know that there’s more to our greatest Briton than that voice and a habit for Havanas.

    Gary Oldman, who has quite rightly just won an Oscar for playing Churchill in Darkest Hour, is just one in a long line of actors to have portrayed our wartime leader. In this issue, we compare those performances, whether good, bad or excellent. My three favourite screen Churchills are Oldman, Robert Hardy – whose eighth and final appearance as Churchill was his penultimate role – and, of course, Albert Finney, who I have to thank for persuading the wonderful Ronnie Barker out of retirement for the 2002 film The Gathering Storm.

    While Ronnie is a comedy hero to many, others feel the same way about the late Sir Ken Dodd. He certainly offered value for money on stage and was known to appreciate a bargain himself. David Hamilton, who worked with Doddy and received the nickname Diddy from him, leads our tribute to the Knotty Ash funny man.

    Being the April edition, we also feature a 24-page pull-out of 1940s events, stories and features, among them a look at the new audio series ATA Girl. Created by Doctor Who and Bergerac star Louise Jameson, it’s based on the wartime exploits of the Air Transport Auxiliary and I’m sure it’s a series that will chime with many of you. If you have any memories or stories about the ATA, I’d love to read them. Please do write in.

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