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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

    Stop… Carry On!
    According to my gran, we are related to Dame Barbara Windsor via John Constable. But then, given how tenuous ‘Cousin’ Babs’ link to the Suffolk-born painter is, there’s probably as much chance as us being related through Dick Turpin – a character played so well by Sid James in Carry On Dick, his final role in the series.

    The rot probably set in after that film, as it was also the last to feature Hattie Jacques and Dame Barbara, and the last penned by Talbot Rothwell, who wrote 19 of the movies. However, to mark the 60th anniversary of Carry On Sergeant, we look at the beginnings of this most British of film franchises, including the work of Norman Hudis, Rothwell’s predecessor who scripted the first six in the series.

    Along with some of your favourite quotes from the films, our story includes an interview with Rita Hudis, his widow and the inspiration for Carry On Nurse, and a Carry On themed collage, taken from Hudis’s private collection and kindly supplied by his son Stephen, who is now a successful Hollywood stuntman.

    Despite how it looked on screen, Sid James didn’t require the services of a stunt double when acting opposite his George and the Dragon co-star Peggy Mount. And as you’ll discover from the article celebrating the late actress, she did not remotely resemble the firebreathing harridans that were her stock in trade.

    Appearances were also deceptive in the UK singles charts back in 1981 when Aneka hit No 1 with the song Japanese Boy. Her kimono and make-up did not disguise the fact that Aneka was clearly not a Japanese girl but a Scottish lady, and our interview with singer Mary Sandeman may give you a yen for an era of pop that is now long gone.