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…
Thank you, Ma’am
Later this year, the Queen will become Britain’s longest serving monarch. It’s unlikely that she’ll follow her Spanish and Dutch cousins by abdicating but if she did, few would deny her a well-deserved retirement.
Since an early age, Her Majesty has given the country her all. This issue we look at her war service, a role that the then Princess Elizabeth wanted to do, despite her father’s initial reluctance.
Someone else who gave George VI cause to worry in the Second World War was Sir Winston Churchill. Had the King not called Sir Winston’s bluff, there could have been the real chance that the wartime prime minister would have met his maker on a Normandy beach. Instead, the man often voted the greatest Britain, lived for another 21 years.
His funeral was watched by more than 350 million television viewers who would have seen MV Havengore carry his coffin across the Thames. You can read about my visit to Havengore as it was being prepared as part of the commemorations to mark 50 years since the funeral.
You know that someone has made it in life when their name is used to describe an action. Harry Worth, who we feature this issue, is one such person. Even if you have never seen an episode of his many series, I’m sure that you’ve always wanted to “do a Harry Worth”. I know I have.
Staying with comedy, we have a first-hand account of working with the great but flawed Tony Hancock and a look at the life of Stan Laurel, one of several British actors to make it big in America, while remaining popular this side of the Atlantic.
And finally, we celebrate the 90th anniversary of Portmeirion. Better known as the filming location for TV’s The Prisoner, this ‘home for falling buildings’ is social history writ large. A little like this magazine.
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