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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

Ooh, Fashion
I can’t be alone in having committed a few fashion faux pas over the years. Granted, I had little choice over the hand-knitted, colourful V-neck jumpers, basin haircuts and NHS glasses of my early childhood. However, I have no one else to blame for the denim dungarees worn in my 20s, which quite rightly led to someone asking: “Are you a refugee from Dexy’s Midnight Runners?”

Death by denim aside, I’ve largely worn the same kind of outfit for the past 20 or so years and even I am surprised when I see others adopting ‘my look’ today. Even NHS specs are having a comeback at the moment, if only as an affectation.

This issue, we celebrate some very different aspects of British fashion, from the need to make do and mend in World War Two, to the extravagances of the postwar New Look and, of course, the minimalistic miniskirt of the 1960s and beyond, which no doubt caused many a parent to turn to their daughter and say: “You are not going out of this house like that.”

Someone who probably said something similar to her daughter was Mrs M, the mother of fad-mad Edina Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders) in the sitcom Absolutely Fabulous. Played by Dame June Whitfield, the role meant the actress was admired by at least three generations of the British public. Whether you first became aware of her through radio shows such as Take It From Here, or television programmes including The Blood Donor and, of course, her many collaborations with Terry Scott, I’m sure you will agree Dame June will be sorely missed.