Sussex has always had strong connections to radio.

The county made (sound) waves when BBC Radio Brighton launched in the city in 1968.

Some may remember it later became BBC Radio Sussex, then BBC Southern Counties Radio, before settling on its final name – BBC Sussex – in 2009.

It comes as no surprise then, that BBC Radio 1’s Roadshow paid numerous visits to both East and West Sussex during its 27-year run.

Our photos today show some of the visits and the broadcasting stars who were household stars at the time.

DJ Gary Davies and Cilla Black appeared at the roadshow in 1987 when it came to Brighton.

It looks as though Gary has said something amusing – do you remember his shows on the radio being particularly funny?

Though he was sacked from Radio 1 in 1993, his legacy lived on, being one of the first DJs to play Radiohead on the radio.

He is also pictured here with Day to Day challengers Debbie Forrest and Pauline Webb. Do you know either of these ladies?

Of course, Cilla Black needs no introduction – the bubbly Liverpudlian carved a successful 50-year career for herself in entertainment.

DJ Bruno Brookes is pictured, above, in front of the roadshow’s audience.

The size of the crowd shows how popular the events were in their heyday, before they were replaced with the Radio 1 Big Weekend in 2000.

DJ Mark Goodier is also seen here, this time at the Wish Tower in Eastbourne, where the roadshow visited in 1992. Were you there?

Also featured are radio presenters Tommy Boyd and Janice Long, plus broadcaster Keith Chegwin and TV’s Michaela Strachan.