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…
We Do Remember Them
The contents of this magazine always generate a healthy collection of letters. David Brown’s piece on trainspotting in the August issue was no exception. With Flying Scotsman due to take its first passengers after a 10-year, multimillion pound restoration, David was the perfect choice to compose our cover story – a concise history of the world’s best known locomotive.
Another British classic that is popular overseas is ITV’s Downton Abbey. In this issue we look at the stories of those who served in real stately homes in the era that the programme depicts. We also find out what happened to Upstairs, Downstairs co-creator/actress Jean Marsh, and celebrate the charladies of film, TV and radio. Charladies… even the word is now a sign of a bygone age.
It’s always nice when a writer has a personal connection to a subject, and as you’ll see in the latter piece, Steve Windsor knew one television char very well, while Roger Ley is able to tell you about the time he met the great Graham Hill, who lost his celebrated life 40 years ago.
We visit St George’s Royal Air Force Chapel of Remembrance, a memorial to those brave souls who gave everything they had while serving at RAF Biggin Hill. This theme is carried over with a look at Calais’ Ring of Remembrance.
This moving memorial to the 600,000 First World War soldiers, including British and Commonwealth – as well as German and French – troops who were killed in the region is an admirable scheme that considers all equal in death regardless of rank, religion or nationality.
I won’t be alone in wearing my poppy with pride this November and only hope that one day, this equality will be carried over to the living.
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