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…
A Death in the Family
As I write, news has just come in of the death of Victoria Wood. This talented actress, comedian and writer is just one of many famous names we have lost recently.
And I do mean we; after all, if you didn’t have something by David Bowie or Sir George Martin in your record collection, then you’ll at least have happy memories of sitting in front of the television with the family, watching the likes of Victoria, Sir Terry Wogan, Paul Daniels, Douglas Wilmer or even Coronation Street – the creation of the late Tony Warren.
Watching the latter always reminds me of happy Boxing Days spent at my gran’s, as does The Two Ronnies, whose Ronnie Corbett is also no longer with us, sadly. Sir Ron’s (he was to be knighted, so it’s allowed) death has certainly affected many people, including Steve Windsor for reasons he explains in our tribute to the diminutive national treasure.
Former BBC designer Les McCallum, who takes us behind the scenes of children’s television during the final days of its golden age, got in touch following the death of Gareth Thomas, who he worked with on Blake’s 7.
The actor who worryingly “was born just hours before me… was a lovely friendly guy and would often squeeze into my Mini estate when we went for dinner on location. When I see an original Mini, I wonder how I ever managed to fit inside.”
Some would wonder how the original Mini could win the Monte Carlo Rally but in 1964 it beat Saabs, Fords and the like, cementing the little dynamo’s reputation forever.
This issue, we speak to Paddy Hopkirk, the man behind the wheel of that victory and someone who continues to fly the flag for this British-built favourite.
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