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…
Long May She Reign
When a young Princess Elizabeth acceded to the throne, few could have guessed she would still be there nearly 65 years later.
After all, Queen Victoria and George III are our only other monarchs to reach their 80s, so turning 90 is another of the many milestones that Her Majesty has reached of late.
Elizabeth II is certainly a record breaker, and while there isn’t a definite figure, it’s safe to say this People’s Monarch has met more of her subjects than any of her predecessors.
When I was 10, I was one of 250 Peterborough schoolchildren chosen to welcome the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh to our city.
Whenever she comes up in conversation, I say with a sense of pride that I shook her and the Duke’s hand, but it was only while preparing this issue that the whole day came alive again in my mind.
This issue we have a birthday tribute to the Queen written by some of our readers, which may inspire you to tell us your own memories of royal encounters – after all, this month sees the start of National Stationery Week, an event that should prove letter writing isn’t dead.
We also celebrate the remarkable life of Michael Bentine, one of The Goons, who was a close friend of the Prince of Wales, and examine the early career of Betty Driver, the much-missed barmaid from Coronation Street’s Rovers Return Inn.
The phrase “Queen of Soap” is often bandied around, but for my money Betty deserved this title. After all, she was loved by young and old alike – which brings us nicely back to our real Queen.
• I hope you enjoy our special 40s Post pull-out. Whether you are a seasoned re-enactor or a first time visitor to any of the events listed inside, I’d love to see your photographs.
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