TODAY we look back at the buses that have served Brighton and Hove for more than 130 years.

Established in 1884, the company originally took the name Brighton, Hove and Preston United Omnibus Company, using horse-drawn “buses” until 1916.

It then changed its name to Brighton Hove and District Omnibus Company in 1935, which the company recognises as its founding year.

Armed with the slogan “Essential travel for our city”, it has supplied easy mass transit for millions ever since.

It also pays homage to those who have made great contributions to Brighton and Hove by painting their names on its buses.

Our pictures depict a number of prominent Brightonians with the buses over the years – do you recognise any of them?

To the left is a picture that goes all the way back to 1967, when Brighton Mayor Dorothea Kathleen Watson-Miller presented the coach of the year award to a Mr A H Gorton of Black and White Motorways Ltd, a Brighton and Hove competitor until it merged with Southdowns Motor Services in 1969.

Does anyone know Mr Gorton’s first name?

To the right of that picture is one which was apparently taken during a Brighton bus strike and includes driver Simon Shipway.

Do you remember what the strike was about or when it was?

Also pictured is the previous managing director of Brighton and Hove Bus and Coach company, Roger French, in 1992 and again with Mayors of Brighton and Hove. We remember Gill Sweeting as the Brighton Mayor around this time – but who was the Mayor of Hove?

Two other mayors are pictured today – Brighton’s Bob Cristofoli and Hove’s Bob Allen, snapped in 1985.