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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, Baking with Mrs Simkins, 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…

    It’s Christmas…
    …as Noddy Holder once hollered. And while Merry Xmas Everybody has earned him a fortune over the years, most of us have to watch the pennies when Christmas comes around.

    Of course, a lack of cash doesn’t have to be a hindrance to a memorable Christmas, as you’ll discover reading the Yesterday Remembered section in our December issue, while our piece on the Christmas Truce of 1914 shows that war is no obstacle either.

    We also look at the birth of self-service supermarkets, which for all their ills have helped bring down prices and make seasonal foods readily available all year round.

    But don’t think we’ve turned our back on sole traders, as we go behind the scenes of Open All Hours, a show so popular that its revival, Still Open All Hours, was the most watched programme on Boxing Day last year.

    Christmas is also a time for music, especially with the hymns and carols that reflect its religious aspect, but we look at the bawdier songs of the trenches of the First World War, not forgetting ‘pop pianists’ such as Mrs Mills in more recent times.

    If you want to do more than just sit and watch TV, then the latest instalment of the Postcard from… series will give you a chance to get outside, and the piece on Metcalfe Models will be of interest to anyone who is battling to put together a newly acquired train set.

    But whatever you decide to do this year, I’d like to wish you all a Happy Christmas and look forward to seeing you again in the New Year.



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