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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

Pack Up Your Troubles
Some years back, for an article in this magazine, I took a footplate ride on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway. It was a lovely afternoon, taking in the sights and learning about this charming line, which is as much a vital public service as it is a tourist attraction.

As is to be expected with locomotives one third the size of their standard gauge equivalents, it was a bit of a squeeze. I well remember having to lean out of the cab to give the driver room to feed coal into the firebox, so I do wonder how comfortable Stan Laurel was when he and Oliver Hardy posed for the photograph used on the front cover.

Although Stan and Ollie’s 1947 European tour took place at a time when their film career was coming to a close, they were still big stars. It must have been quite a coup for the railway to get the pair to formally reopen its New Romney to Dungeness section, and I imagine there are still many with fond memories of seeing their comedy heroes in the flesh.

Staying with the railways of Kent, we also hear this issue from railway historian and art collector Greg Norden, who visited Margate, among other places, while filming a documentary on the wonderful watercolour landscapes once displayed in railway carriages. Coincidentally, Greg’s great-grandmother was a sister of Charlie Chaplin, who was understudied by Stan Laurel when they were members of Fred Karno’s Army.

Classic entertainment is also on offer this summer at the various 1940s and vintage weekends across the country. As ever, our 1940s pull-out is your definitive guide to the re-enactment season, and while published a little later than normal, it’s a sure sign the country is finally opening up again. I hope that you have a good summer; if you do go out and about, we’d love you to write in and let us know what you’ve been up to.