BRIGHTON has attracted no end of celebrities over the years, however people from one profession in particular have found it an irresistible place a visit.

Today’s Timeout focuses on a group of comedians who came to Sussex many times throughout their careers, spanning the 50s, 60s and 70s.

Readers will remember Eric Sykes as the English screenwriter, comedian and actor who frequently collaborated with some of the biggest stars of the era.

Notable names included Tony Hancock, Spike Milligan, Tommy Cooper and Peter Sellers.

He came to prominence through his radio credits, including contributions to The Goon Show, and then Sykes and a..., a BBC sitcom based on a fictionalised version of the funnyman.

Fans might remember the 1972 episode, Walk, in which Sykes was in training for a 50 mile walk from London to Brighton, the first step in his quest for Olympic team selection.

His career on screen lasted over half a century until his passing in 2012 at the grand old age of 89.

South African comedy actor Sid James was also a star to grace our county. He shot to fame in Hancock’s Half Hour in the late 1950s and became a regular in the Carry On films, before starring alongside Diana Coupland in the 1970s sitcom Bless This House.

Sadly his success was cut short as he suffered a fatal heart attack on stage in his hometown of Sunderland in 1976 at the age of 62.

Also pictured is Terry Scott, another star of the Carry On Films, alongside June Whitfield, with whom he starred in the popular sitcom Terry and June in the 1980s.

Our picture shows the pair with five others – can you identify anyone else?

Finally, John Gregson, a famous stage, television and film actor from the 1960s is pictured, left, with Sid James and Eric Sykes at a charity cricket match in Sussex.

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