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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

Don’t Be So Blue, Peter

Despite a childhood spent “messing around with scraps of paper” – to quote the teachers who spectacularly failed to spot that I might one day be a journalist – I never got around to sending a letter to Blue Peter. Of course, by the time I actually put my “brain into gear” (another quote from school), I was too old to win a coveted Blue Peter badge.

One person who did find a clean sheet of paper and the motivation to pop to the post box was Susan Brewer’s daughter, Jenna, who received a green badge for one of her drawings. For our cover feature, Susan celebrates 60 years of what is now the longest-running children’s TV show in the world.

The celebrations don’t stop there either, with our Food and Drink section looking at some of Blue Peter’s science fiction themed recipes, plus we chat to Janet Ellis about her memories of the show both as a viewer and a presenter.

Blue Peter has been loved by generations and, thanks to the number of revivals it’s had, so too has The Generation Game. When it comes to the show’s greatest ringleader, it’s a toss-up between Sir Bruce Forsyth and Larry Grayson. However, there’s no disputing that the greatest – and unexpected, given her career in traditional music – assistant was Isla St Clair. Often confused with Isla Blair, our article on the pair is your handy guide to the British Islas.

Another star who worked with Larry Grayson is the actress, singer and dancer Anita Harris. I had the pleasure of interviewing Anita in this issue about her life and career, and she was engaging, candid and very entertaining. Now back in the public eye, I am delighted to report that this star of stage and screen retains all her sparkle, and is always happy to Carry On.