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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

The Silver Parade
My fellow Peterborian LP Hartley was bang on the money when he wrote: “The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.” Because while 1994 may not seem that long ago, on closer inspection, it’s a world away.

It was the year that our film industry became a major player once more, thanks to the phenomenally successful Four Weddings and a Funeral; and with so few mobile phones about then, it was unlikely that your viewing pleasure would be interrupted by someone’s phone chirruping in the cinema.

Then again, I wonder if unwanted ringtones would have been less irritating than Wet Wet Wet’s cover of Love Is All Around from the film’s soundtrack; it spent 15 weeks at No 1 and, by the end, even the band decided enough was enough and demanded that the single be removed from sale.

In a year in which we lost Sir Matt Busby, Dennis Potter, Terry Scott and Fanny Cradock, the first issue of Best of British went on sale; yes, your friend BoB is 25 years old. To help celebrate, three of my predecessors as editor share their memories of a role they enjoyed immensely, while Brian Howes and Bob Barton have prepared silver themed versions of their regular features.

Before joining BoB, I could never have imagined driving a Routemaster bus around the Brooklands Museum car park or enjoying a few pints with comedy genius Barry Cryer at his local before asking him to write for us – a column since taken over by the equally talented Colin Baker.

When BoB began, the “computerised internet” – as launch editor Neil Patrick called it in an early editorial – wasn’t a part of everyday life as it is today. Two weeks after our first issue hit the shelves, The Daily Telegraph launched Britain’s first newspaper website.

Now, longstanding titles such as the New Musical Express and The Independent no longer publish a print edition so your continued support for Best of British is more than worth its weight in gold, or, considering the anniversary, should I say silver?