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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

Two of a Kind

There were double acts before and after Morecambe and Wise but none, with the possible exception of the Two Ronnies, boasted such wide appeal as Eric and Ernie.

It was a stroke of genius that these two were put together at an early age, and although Ernie Wise later admitted: “I was not the comedy man. I’m the light song and dance man,” his presence was every bit as essential as Eric Morecambe’s.

As great performers as the pair were, we should never forget writers such as Dick Hills and Sid Green, and Barry Cryer and John Junkin, whose well-crafted lines carried the duo’s craft to new heights. But it was the genius that was Eddie Braben who, by turning the straight man/funny man dynamic on its head, made Morecambe and Wise more than just another double act.

Eric Morecambe was born 95 years ago this month. His death in 1984, at the relatively young age of 58, ended a double act that began 43 years earlier. Ernie Wise, when learning of his friend’s death, called it “the saddest day of my life”; a sentiment that anyone who has lost a friend or a loved one they’ve known for a fraction of that time can understand.

The Queen will currently be experiencing that awful feeling, following the death of her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, after 73 years of marriage. As well as being her partner and confidant, the Duke did much to modernise the monarchy, and through his involvement in organisations such as the National Playing Fields Association and, of course, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, gave many young people a much-needed head start.

We all have our own fond memories of the Duke. We firmly hope Her Majesty will be able to take some comfort from the fact that a great many of us share her loss.