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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

    Here Comes Summer
    Following sixth months of near continuous rain, punctuated only by hail and heavy snow, it’s nice to be able to say that summer’s here. Of course, there will still be the mad dashes to the washing line at the merest hint of drizzle, but how much nicer things are now that our gardens are in full bloom and the lawn isn’t sitting under half an inch of water?

    Apparently, we’re never more than 72 miles from the sea, which is probably why so many of us love a visit to the coast. This issue we celebrate those trips to Britain’s beaches with a look at photographs from the Great British Seaside exhibition, which is currently on display at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. We also chat to William Searle whose family have been welcoming holidaymakers to Hunstanton for more than 100 years. Known as Captain Willie, he runs the family’s sea tours business, using ex-military hardware to offer memorable trips across The Wash.

    It may have to slug it out with Chicken Tikka Masala and the Sunday Roast to be named Britain’s favourite dish; but at the seaside, Fish and Chips is the undisputed king of the takeaways. This month we mark National Fish and Chip Day with a look at its history. Its origins seem to be lost in the mists of time with Cornwall, Manchester and London all staking a claim to being its British birthplace.

    Food inevitably leads to drink and two weeks later it’s Beer Day Britain. Now I’m not going to even attempt delve into its origins but it has long been seen as Britain’s national drink.

    I can’t be alone in seeing it as my patriotic duty to raise a glass or two on 15 June and I’m sure I’ll see some of you at the bar. Cheers.

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