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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

Brief Encounters
Some years back, after a visit to a rundown Morecambe, I changed trains at an equally shabby Carnforth station. Things have since changed: both places have received some much-deserved care and attention; Morecambe’s art deco Midland Hotel has been returned to its former glory, while Carnforth celebrates its role in Britain’s favourite romantic film, Brief Encounter, through its heritage centre and restored refreshment rooms.

Despite criticism, shared at the time of production by one of its co-stars, that the film is a little too innocent, Brief Encounter is the perfect antidote to rainy days stuck indoors. Regularly ranked among the Top 5 in polls of the best British films, it has been affectionately parodied many times and has inspired countless dramas. I’m sure many of you will be tracking the film down to enjoy again after reading our cover feature.

As well as location filming at Carnforth, parts of the film were shot in and around Denham Film Studios in Buckinghamshire. Despite the studio’s brief life, it was responsible for many classic movies, including In Which We Serve, Olivier’s Henry V, and Blithe Spirit. Although many of its buildings have long been demolished, its art deco laboratory survives as luxury flats, while neighbouring streets are named after screen legends such as the cinematic knights Noël Coward, David Lean and John Mills, as you’ll discover in our regular Postcard from… feature.

Sir Noël dashed off the script for Blithe Spirit while on holiday in Portmeirion, Sir Clough Williams-Ellis’s “home for fallen buildings” in Gwynedd. It’s been the location for a wealth of films and TV series but is still best known for its starring role in Patrick McGoohan’s surreal spy series The Prisoner. Not only do we get to visit the village but I grabbed the chance to get behind the wheel of a Caterham Super Seven 1600, the successor to the Lotus 7 seen in the series’ title sequence.

Now, I don’t want to give too much away but it’s safe to say I wish I’d had a bit more than a brief encounter with this wonderful car.