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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

Loving Honor
Despite an impressive CV that included serious drama, horror and comedy, Honor Blackman is perhaps best-known for two roles; Mrs Cathy Gale in The Avengers and Pussy Galore in Goldfinger.

Amazingly, it’s almost 60 years since she showed Messrs Steed and Bond that women could be as tough as men, but until quite recently, Honor continued to delight audiences with a variety of roles on stage and screen. In this issue, we celebrate her life and career, while Colin Baker, who worked with her on Doctor Who, shares an “unmentionables” story with us.

Elsewhere, we speak to actor-director Philip Franks, and celebrate the work of writer Carla Lane, visual effects wizard Ray Harryhausen and Archibald Leitch, the designer of many early 20th century football stadiums.

By the time you read this, we’ll hopefully know a little more about when football stadiums and other places of entertainment are to reopen but in the meantime, we take you on a virtual tour of the country with a Postcard From Suffolk, a chat with a Thameside mudlark and the In & About round-up of online exhibitions and displays.

I am sorry to have to report that Jim Palm, compiler of our crossword and the semi-regular Sounds Then features, died on 9 April, aged 85. Although frail for some years, Jim remained as sharp as a tack, and only last summer we enjoyed lunch at his Salisbury home, talking about everything under the sun but in particular railways, which we shared an interest in.

His final crossword appears on page 68 and while the restrictions imposed because of Coronavirus mean that Jim’s funeral was a functional “direct cremation”, the obituary in the Britain Now section of the magazine will hopefully make it plain that this fine and talented man will be sadly missed.