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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

And I Say “Hello”
If you only know the Beatles for their early hits, film clips of girls screaming at concerts and tacky merchandise such as plastic wigs, lunchboxes and even branded talcum powder, then you can be forgiven for thinking that they were nothing more than a boy band.

While the Fab Four started off with the same clean-cut boyband appeal as the Bay City Rollers and Boyzone, there was always something special about them. I’d go as far to say they were the most important British artists of the 20th century.

From grinding out long sets of rock’n’roll covers in seedy German clubs, they went on to conquer the world, scoring 17 self-penned UK No 1 singles – a record only recently eclipsed by Elvis Presley who largely relied on different songwriters. Alongside producer George Martin, these Liverpool lads pioneered recording techniques that are still being used today.

This month marks 50 years since the Beatles’ last live performance, their impromptu rooftop concert captured during filming of the Let It Be documentary. Not only are we celebrating that occasion, we also look at another of their traffic-stopping appearances, namely the crossing featured on the cover of the Abbey Road album.

We also remember Monty Python’s Life of Brian – funded by George Harrison – and visit both International Beatle Week, where there’s always demand for new stories about the band, and a new gallery at the Museum of Liverpool dedicated to a fascinating corner of their native city.

Someone who has a wealth of stories – including being heckled by John Lennon – is the comedian Barry Cryer who, sadly, has decided to step down from writing for us. I’d like to thank Barry for all the help he gave this magazine, especially in helping me secure interviews with Michael Palin and Bernard Cribbins.

Barry will be a hard act to follow but I’m sure you will join me in welcoming our new columnist, the celebrated actor Colin Baker. As a star of Doctor Who, Colin has form when it comes to travelling back in time. So hold on tight as he offers you a Ticket to Ride.