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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

Caravans We Love
When characters from a television series go on a caravanning holiday, disaster usually ensues. In reality, caravanning is a British success story; not only does it contribute to our manufacturing and hospitality industries, keeping people in work, it offers a wonderful getaway whatever your budget.

However, this wasn’t always the case, as you’ll see from our cover feature, the story of how caravanning went from being “a rich man’s pursuit” to a pastime loved by millions. The tales of some of those millions can be read in Window on the Past, where we delve into The Francis Frith Collection, while our star columnist Colin Baker tells of the time that he shared a caravan with Tony Blackburn. Presumably the DJ’s imaginary dog, Arnold, stayed in imaginary kennels.

Colin also shares his memories of working with another star of this issue, actor Derek Fowlds, who we talk to in-depth about his life and career on programmes such as The Basil Brush Show and Heartbeat – a drama that is still enjoyed through near-daily repeats.

The James Bond movies are another perennial delight. As a fan of the films, especially those of Sir Roger Moore, it was a great pleasure to talk about the actor with Madeline Smith, who shared his very first scene as 007. She also recalls her time working with some of Britain’s best-loved comedy stars, as well as explaining her current role as host of the James Bond Concert Spectacular, an evening of music from the Bond films performed by Q the Music.

At the other end of the musical spectrum are the ‘rockney’ sounds of Chas and Dave. Sadly, pianist Chas Hodges died last year. However, two of his children, Kate Garner and Nik Hodges, inherited his gift for music. Kate tells us about her childhood in rural Essex, where
the rabbits were real, not just slang for speaking a lot of bunny. It was an idyllic existence: in fact, you could say it was the best of British.