TODAY in Timeout, we pay tribute to two of the characters who left their mark on our city.

Though they are sadly no longer with us, their legacy has lasted.

Ken Fines, a painter who lived in Northease Drive, Hove, from 1952 until his death in 2008, campaigned to conserve the best of Victorian Brighton.

During his time as a borough planning officer, he gave the North Laine its name and saved it from demolition.

The North Laine is now a world-famous conservation area, known for its independent shops and mass celebration of creativity.

Even after his retirement in 1983, Mr Fines continued to play a key role in conserving Brighton and Hove’s heritage.

He founded the Heritage Over Vandalism Actually group in opposition to plans to redevelop the King Alfred leisure centre.

A blue plaque dedicated to Mr Fines is on the wall of Infinity Foods, in North Road.

Brighton pub landlord and brewer Bev Robbins also appears in our photographs.

A founding member of the Campaign for Real Ale, Mr Robbins started his own brewery at the Hand in Hand in 1989.

He was a well-loved member of the Kemp Town community, and in 2000 was involved in a campaign for a better Brighton.

Do you remember the Hand in Hand when it was owned by Mr Robbins?

Though not a Brightonian himself, Bill Oddie came to Brighton numerous times, while his estranged mother lived in the area with his aunt.

He visited the city on book tours, and took part in campaigns in the wider Sussex area, including the Arundel Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust.

Did you meet him on any of his trips to Brighton?