today we bring a little warmth as winter draws near, with memories of the Brighton Festival.

Held in May each year, the festival attracts thousands to the city, with its packed schedule of plays, live music, comedy shows and talks.

It has always been ambitious and even featured performances by Lawrence Olivier, Anthony Hopkins and Yehudi Menuhin in its first year – 1967.

That same year, the Brighton Festival of Concrete Poetry included ‘vowel screens’, six feet by four feet in size, printed on perspex. The screens were created by London visual artist John Furnival and five students from the Bath Academy of Art.

The picture, left, shows a girl admiring the screens. Do you know who she is?

Brighton festival gained traction through the 1970s, attracting yet more big names, including Jacqueline du Pre and Ella Fitzgerald.

The trend continued through the Eighties. In 1984, Sir Richard Attenborough became president of the Brighton Festival Society.

Our pictures from 1985 show how far the festival has come. Although many now think of clowns as garish and, frankly, quite terrifying, this traditional form of comedy was popular enough to have its own parade in the 1985 festival.

In our photos, clowns are seen posing with Evening Argus staff – but do you know who is under the make-up in these pictures?

Also pictured is Barry Walls, performing in a circus during Brighton Festival in 1985, and a Brighton Festival fire juggler dancing around a Chinese dragon in the year of the ox.

Do you recognise anyone featured today? Can you tell us what they are doing now?