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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

Walking in the Air
Thanks to annual screenings of The Snowman, the work of writer and illustrator Raymond Briggs is a major part of many a family’s Christmas. As a child, I also lapped up his other stories, including the slimy Fungus the Bogeyman – being envious of those who owned the “plop-up” edition – and, of course, his grumpy but much-loved portrayal of Father Christmas, who graces our front cover.

As you’ll discover in our feature on Briggs, his work isn’t just for children. His stories aimed at older readers – such as the anti-bomb When the Wind Blows, and Ethel & Ernest, a tribute to his late parents – are capable of bringing a tear to the eye of adults in the same way that
his children’s tales raise cheers. I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve had a little cry watching The Snowman over the years.

Another festive TV tradition is Christmas Top of the Pops. This edition is now the only one still produced of the music show that was a must-watch for generations of pop-potty kids. Every year, viewers would be eager to discover which song had claimed that year’s Christmas No 1, which former presenter Gary Davies described as: “The most prestigious chart position.” In this issue, we look at the history of that coveted slot and I give you a chart rundown of my Top 10 Christmas Number 1s. Do you agree with the choices? Maybe you have memories of these songs the first time around? Whatever you think about them, I look forward to hearing from you.

With another year just about wrapped up, I’d like to thank you for the support you’ve given the magazine throughout the year. So, from me and all the team, I’d like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a very happy and prosperous New Year.