BRIGHTON beach has entertained tourists and residents alike for many years making it one of the most iconic stretches of seafront in the UK.

With two piers and numerous gift shops and stalls, visitors to the seafront have brought a consistent boost to the local economy.

In the 1960s and 1970s, the English seaside faced competition from package deals to the Mediterranean so coastal resorts were forced to reinvent themselves in order to survive, and Brighton was no exception.

Since the demolition of the Black Rock open-air lido in 1978 at the eastern end of Brighton’s seafront, the area has been developed in many ways and now features one of Europe’s largest marinas.

Can you remember visiting the marina when it was first built and what it contained?

Do you have memories of you or your family using the Black Rock open-air lido before it was demolished?

Brighton beach has been awarded the Blue Flag certification by the Foundation for Environmental Education which is given to a beach, marina or sustainable boating tourism operator that meets its stringent standards.

The marina has been used to host several boat races over the years such as the speedboat race pictured above, held in 1978.

Have you got any special memories of a day spent watching boat races from the beach or marina and if so which event can you recall?

The site is now home to successful water sports companies, residential buildings as well as a large shopping complex with a number of restaurants and other facilities.

And do you know what the occasion was for former mayor Danny Sheldon meeting with the fisherman on Brighton beach, pictured top?