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Best of British is the UK’s premier nostalgia magazine covering every aspect of life from the 1930s to today.

Each issue encourages you to:

  • Explore readers’ own recollections and memories in our Yesterday Remembered section
  • Discover more about days gone past with stories on everything from vintage transport to great Britons and from Christmas traditions to great days out
  • Enjoy regular reader favourites such as Treasures in the Attic, 1940s Post, Postcard from… and of course our Puzzle Page and Crossword

We hope you like reading our magazine as much as we love compiling it. In the meantime here is this month’s letter from our Editor, Simon Stabler

Bring Me Sunshine… and Snow
Even though it’s been 35 years since their final programme, Morecambe and Wise remain synonymous with Christmas. It’s little wonder: almost half the population were glued to their seasonal spectaculars during their heyday and it was as much a part of a family Christmas as that other legendary double act, turkey and stuffing.

In this issue we reveal it was no different in Morecambe and Wise’s own homes: they too built their festivities around the show. Another performer who was big on the telly during the same period was the magician David Nixon. Despite his status as an inspiration to many of today’s conjurors, his name isn’t as well remembered as it should be. Let’s hope that our feature, published to mark 40 years since his sad passing, will go some way towards righting this wrong.

Also in this issue, we tell the tale of another showbiz act who entertained millions but go rarely mentioned today: the Scaffold, the band who had a Christmas No 1 with Lily The Pink 50 years ago. They were much more than novelty tunesmiths, as we make clear.

Going back to earlier festivities, we look at the Pagan origins of a modern Christmas, much of which had been purloined by the Victorians. So, it’s lucky we have a Victorian detective on hand in the shape of Sherlock Holmes, to track down the miscreants. Like James Bond and Doctor Who, everyone has their favourite Holmes actor. For me it’s a tossup between Jeremy Brett and Benedict Cumberbatch. Not only did both perfectly portray the great detective’s peculiarities, their versions of Dr Watson were an equal to Holmes, closer to the character in the books than to the buffoon portrayed in other film and TV adaptations.

I’m sure you’d like to share your memories of Holmes or indeed Christmas with me, and I look forward to hearing from you. In the meantime, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and a very happy and prosperous New Year.